Moyes: Rooney will stay at Manchester United
By Football News
Manchester United manager David Moyes has confirmed that Wayne Rooney will remain at the club.
The England international had been rumoured to be heading for an Old Trafford exit, but the new United boss insists he will stay.
"I have had the chance to speak to him. He's a Manchester United player and will remain a Manchester United player," Moyes said at his first press conference as United boss on Friday.
"I have known Wayne since he was 16, when he was at Everton. It is a little bit of deja vu. He is training really well, he is coming back in good shape and I am looking forward to working with him."
Rooney was reported to have handed in a transfer request while Alex Ferguson was in charge at the end of last season, fuelling speculation over his potential departure.
However, the player himself subsequently denied that, and Moyes is looking to move on as he begins working with the 27-year-old.
"I do not know what those two gentlemen said - Sir Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney," the Scot added.
"That conversation was private and as far as I am concerned I am looking forward to working with Wayne. I can categorically tell you that Wayne Rooney has trained fantastically well since I've been here.
"Wayne won't be sold by Manchester United."
Moyes said he was initially shocked when offered the job, but insists he can retain the Premier League with the squad he has inherited.
"I know what I've got and I know the job in hand but I am sure when Sir Alex Ferguson took over he knew the job in hand too. But he has left me a squad that is capable of winning the Premier League title," he continued.
"I'll be new to a lot of supporters. This a new era but Sir Alex Ferguson will never go away. He'll always be here - you can see his statue, you can see his stand, and he's certainly someone I'll go to. Hopefully, the supporters will realise it was his time to finish and time for someone else."
United have been linked with a move for former winger Cristiano Ronaldo and while Moyes would not comment specifically on the Real Madrid winger he hinted at a potential transfer, saying "this club is always interested in the best players".