Rooney wants Man Utd to clarify transfer request claim

Wayne Rooney is happy to remain a Manchester United player, the Daily Mirror has reported, but wants the club to confirm he did not issue a transfer request towards the end of last season – despite Sir Alex Ferguson claiming otherwise.

Ferguson’s successor, David Moyes, is to again meet with Rooney on Wednesday as the two parties seek to put to bed the row that has threatened to force Rooney out of the club. Moyes, the manager who gave Rooney his professional debut at Everton, is said to want to keep the striker at United and is hopeful of finding a solution acceptable to all to allow that to happen.

A point of contention between Rooney and Ferguson is believed to be Ferguson’s tendency to use Rooney away from his preferred striker’s role – however, Rooney is thought to have told Moyes he has no problem playing out of position, and agrees that his long-term role could be as an attacking midfielder rather than a striker.

But the main sticking point is Ferguson’s claim that Rooney asked to leave Old Trafford – and that Rooney said he did not want to play on the final day of the season, when United beat Swansea City and lifted the Premier League title.

Ferguson may have retired but remains at Old Trafford as a director and Moyes may not want to contradict his predecessor so soon in his reign – Moyes was only officially installed as United on Monday despite being confirmed as the new manager before the end of the season.

Moyes and Rooney have shared a chequered past. The pair fell out when together at Everton, with Rooney leaving Goodison Park in the summer of 2004, and Moyes taking legal action against comments made by Rooney in his first autobiography.

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