Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed that he has no intentions of selling star striker Wayne Rooney before the end of the transfer window. Rooney has been linked with a move to several clubs across Europe including PSG and Barcelona. However, it is believed that Chelsea are extremely close to making an official offer for the 27-year-old England international. Moyes, though, has said that he wants Rooney in his team because he sees him as the ideal substitute for Robin van Persie. This is likely not going to go down well with the Rooney camp, who are keen on moving away from Old Trafford.
Rooney handed a transfer request – his second of his Manchester United career – at the end of last season. Even though former manager Sir Alex Ferguson categorically stated that Rooney will not be sold, it now appears that the club may have to give into the wishes of the players after the latest statement from Moyes. Rooney will especially not want to be a substitute with the World Cup coming in less than one year. The 27-year-old only has two years left on his contract and United will certainly not one to see him in the final 12 months of this deal still wanting to get out of Old Trafford.
“Overall, my thought on Wayne is, if for any reasons we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we’ll need him. Wayne can play up on his own, he can play dropped in. It’s going to be a time to see how I work with Wayne. Manchester United isn’t about Wayne Rooney. Manchester United is about the team – the club. I won’t allow Wayne Rooney to become more important than the football club and the football team, because that’s the heart of it,” said Moyes.