Rooney denies issuing Man Utd transfer request

Wayne Rooney is said to be concerned he is being forced out of Manchester United by claims he told Sir Alex Ferguson he wanted to leave the club, the Daily Mirror has reported, as Ferguson explored the possibility of tempting Manchester City into swapping Rooney for goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Rooney has admitted speaking with Ferguson and seeking clarification over his future but he denies ever formally asking to leave the Premier League champions. Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, Arsenal Chelsea and Manchester City have all been linked with the former Everton striker, but the Mirror claims Rooney wanted to open negotiations for a new contract, rather than bring an end to his time at Old Trafford.

The newspaper adds however that Ferguson was interested in a Rooney-plus-cash deal for City goalkeeper Hart, who had grown unhappy under former manager Roberto Mancini. But with Mancini’s sacking before the end of the season, Hart is said to be willing to stay at the club to see how matters pan out with Manuel Pellegrini, the expected replacement for Mancini.

But Rooney, who moved to United from Everton in 2004, fears he will be forced out of the club by gossip that he has engineered a move. New United boss David Moyes has a stormy history with Rooney from their time together at Everton and it is suggested by the newspaper that Ferguson took a hard line with Rooney to prevent Moyes having to do so and getting on the wrong side of United’s supporters in his first few days at the helm.

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