Published On: Fri, Mar 8th, 2013

Ferguson dismisses transfer rumours

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Wayne Rooney will remain at United next season.

The England international was left out of the starting line up by Ferguson for Tuesday’s crucial Champions League second leg game against Real Madrid.

Left out

Danny Welbeck was given the nod to play ahead of the former Everton man – a decision that has led to widespread reports of Rooney’s imminent departure from the club, according to the BBC.

Sir Alex was reported on the BBC Sport website as saying: “He’ll be here next year, you can have my word on that.”

Clubs including Paris Saint–Germain have been linked with the star, according to the broadcaster.

Rooney earns around £250,000 a week and his high wages, combined with the £20million+ transfer fee that he would command, mean that only a handful of clubs around the world could afford him.

Clearing the air

Ferguson continued to say: “There is no issue between myself and Wayne Rooney. To suggest we don’t talk is nonsense.

“He understood the reasons completely. Tactically we got it right.”

The 27-year-old has scored 14 goals this season from 29 appearances.

Opta, the statisticians, have reported that his scoring and assist rate of 0.92 per Premier League/Champions League is equal to his best ever season.

This isn’t the first time that the rumour mill has been active over Rooney’s departure, in 2010 the striker handed in a transfer request.

However, a Daily Mail article has recently suggested that he regrets that decision.

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