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Rooney wants to leave Man United?

Wayne Rooney has reportedly told Manchester United that he wants to leave the Premier League club, although the club said speculation that the star striker will be sold in the January transfer window was “nonsense.”

sports Updated: Oct 19, 2010 00:03 IST
AP

Wayne Rooney has reportedly told Manchester United that he wants to leave the Premier League club, although the club said speculation that the star striker will be sold in the January transfer window was “nonsense.”

Several British newspapers reported on their websites that Rooney has fallen out with Manchester United Alex Ferguson since allegations surfaced about the player’s private life last month. According to reports, Rooney has told the club that he will not sign fresh contract, which could force United to sell the striker before he becomes a free agent.

Rooney, who joined United from boyhood club Everton in 2004 for more than 25 million pounds ($ 40 million), has a contract with United until June 2012. While United chief executive David Gill said in July that he wanted Rooney to sign a new contract.
United spokesman Phil Townsend said “to suggest Wayne Rooney will be sold in January is nonsense.”

However, he would not comment on whether a transfer would be sanctioned in May.

Rooney directly contradicted Ferguson in public on Tuesday when he told reporters after England’s match against Montenegro that he hadn’t been struggling with an ankle injury which the manager had cited as the reason he had missed previous club matches.

Rooney didn’t play the first United game after he was alleged to have cheated on his wife with a prostitute, with Ferguson saying that he was sparing the player from abuse at former club Everton.

But he missed several more games in both the league and Champions League, which Ferguson said was because of an ankle injury. Ferguson then fueled talk of a rift with Rooney by demoting him to the bench for Saturday’s match against West Bromwich Albion.

First Published: Oct 18, 2010 10:32 IST