Rooney not for sale: Moyes
MANCHESTER — New Manchester United manager David Moyes has confirmed that unsettled England star Wayne Rooney is not for sale after facing the media for the first time in his Old Trafford reign yesterday.
Rooney’s future has been the focus of much speculation this summer and has cast a huge shadow over the early stages of Moyes’ tenure as he replaces Sir Alex Ferguson.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint Germain have all been touted as suitors for the England striker but Moyes has categorically stated that Rooney will stay at Old Trafford.
“Wayne is not for sale,” he said yesterday. “He’s a Manchester United player and he will remain a Manchester United player.”
Moyes also managed the 28-year-old during his time at Everton and believes he can get the best out of the England striker.
“I’ve been fortunate, I’ve known Wayne since he was 16,” Moyes said. “I’ve had several meetings with Wayne. He’s training brilliantly well, he’s come back in good shape and I’m really looking forward to working with him.
“We have spoken several times and as far as I’ve seen it, whatever happened before has gone. We are working together now. I see a glint in his eye, he looks happy and if he is saying I’m going to knuckle down and get it right — let’s not kid ourselves. He’s a terrific player and let me reiterate, he’s not for sale.”
Moyes also distanced himself from any meeting between Rooney and his predecessor Ferguson about a possible departure for the forward from Old Trafford.
“There was a private meeting between two people and I was not privy to that. I’m now looking at it in my period at Man United,” Moyes said.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Wayne and getting him to the levels I know he’s capable of. I can tell you categorically that Wayne Rooney is training very well.
“If I was Wayne, you look at the legends that have played for this club. I could see George Best, Bobby Charlton, Roy Keane and I thought Wayne isn’t too far away from that. It’s not too difficult to get the goals and he could be near to that.”