Man Utd tell Chelsea Rooney is not for sale at any price

Manchester United have informed their Premier League rivals Chelsea that Wayne Rooney is not for sale at any price, the Guardian has reported.

The stance is driven by the Glazer family, the owners of United, who are unwilling to give in to the urgings of the Rooney camp to accept an offer from Chelsea. United have already turned down two offers from the Blues, the first for £23m and the follow-up coming in at £25m. Chelsea believed United would eventually accept an approach as the relationship between club and player broke down.

Not even a formal transfer request from Rooney could change the minds of the United hierarchy, the newspaper adds, and Rooney will be told United still value his contribution and that it is in his interest to knuckle down and rediscover his best form for club and country ahead of next summer’s World Cup.

In a further effort to ease Rooney’s stay at Old Trafford, manager David Moyes will ask the United supporters to give Rooney their backing – or at least not be too vociferous in their criticism of the 27-year-old. Moyes will point to Rooney’s contribution to United over the last decade, while hoping Rooney can put his falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson behind him as Ferguson is no longer the man in charge.

Rooney joined United from Everton in the summer of 2004 having fallen out with Moyes, the manager later taking legal action against Rooney for comments made in his autobiography. Moyes replaced Ferguson this summer after the latter retired, the former leaving Everton after 11 years at Goodison Park.

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