David Moyes has insisted Arsenal target Wayne Rooney will not be sold. The former Eveton manager officially started his rain at Old Trafford on Monday and his first job was to sort out the future of Rooney.
Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that Rooney handed in a transfer request towards the end of last season, a rumour the striker denies. However, his desire to leave Old Trafford has never been truly quashed.
Moyes, speaking in his first press conference as United boss was firm on his decision to keep Rooney. “Wayne Rooney is not for sale. He’s a Manchester United player and will remain a Manchester United player. Wayne won’t be sold by Manchester United.”
However, Moyes never once spoke of what Rooney wanted. It is understood that the striker wants a fresh challenge outside of Manchester but the club are adamant that the striker will remain at the club.
Arsenal and Chelsea are both interested in the England international with the Gunners reportedly entering a £20 million bid for the player. Arsene Wenger has also made his interest public but that may all fall short as Moyes remained defiant on the subject. “Whatever happened before has gone now.”
He also hinted that the striker is happy at the club mentioning his attitude in training. “We are working together now. I have seen a glint in his eye, he looks happy and looks as if he is going to knuckle down.”
It remains to be seen whether Rooney will still be a United player come September, but the early signs suggest the club are standing firm on their decision to keep him.