Wayne Rooney was forced to fly home from Manchester United's summer pre-season tour after sustaining a hamstring injury in the squad's first training session. Keeping the player out of action for up to three weeks.
He has strongly been linked with a move away from the club after he supposedly handed in a transfer request at the end of May to Sir Alex Ferguson. Speculation has suggested that three parties are interested in the England Striker, with Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Chelsea apparently showing the interest. Reports suggest the latter of the three club's feel they are in pole position to sign Rooney, but David Moyes remains determined to keep the player with the Barclays Premier League champions.
Unless I was speaking double Dutch, I've said that Wayne Rooney is not for sale. I have answered lots of questions about Wayne and it's getting repetitive. I don't want to talk about it all day. I have really covered all the things on Wayne.
You mustn't forget Manchester United is about a team, not any one individual. In lots of ways I am only interested in the team and some of the questions are reverting back to stuff I covered last week.
Earlier on Friday, when new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was asked about any interest in signing Rooney, he said:
I cannot speak about players from other teams. But you know me… I always say what I think and he is a player I like very much. I cannot say more than that.
Being fast and direct, I like him very much. But he is a Manchester United player.
When asked if The Special One was being mischievous, Moyes replied:
I don't think so. People are entitled to talk about good players. I am being asked plenty about Wayne so I am sure Jose will be getting asked about lots of players as well. It is hard to keep repeating myself, but I will do. Wayne is a Manchester United player and will remain that.
David Moyes is also busy trying to bring some fresh talent into the club, and was non-committal on whether he wanted to sign Thiago Alcantara from FC Barcelona. The midfielder has been linked with a move to Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich this week.
I never said he was a target. We're on with targets that we are chasing at this moment in time. There are people we are actively chasing and, at this moment in time, we're happy with how things are going.
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