Rooney demands playing security

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Wayne Rooney dejected against West HamPA PhotosRooney is unwilling to be overshadowed by the arrival of Lewandowski or Falcao

Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United remains in limbo, with the England international reportedly asking manager Sir Alex Ferguson to assure him of regular first team football if the Red Devils recruit a big name striker in the summer. According to the Daily Mail, Rooney is unhappy with rumours linking United with a move for either Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski or Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao and may ask for a transfer if he does not receive a playing guarantee. The success of Robin van Persie at Old Trafford has pushed Rooney into more of a play-making role and the 27-year-old would be expected to move permanently into the midfield if Lewandowski or Falcao arrive. But Ferguson could be forced to prove Rooney is a valuable player to United if they are to repel rival offers. On Tuesday, Ferguson insisted "Rooney is hitting his peak at 27", suggesting he may not want to part ways with the striker.

It seems to be a matter of 'when', not 'if' Jose Mourinho will return to Chelsea after his post-match comments following Real Madrid's Champions League exit on Tuesday. The Special One has made it no secret that he would like to return to the club and country where he is adored and, though he needed no further incentive, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has apparently freed up £100 million for Mourinho to use in the transfer window, the Mirror reports. The Portuguese manager would have his choice of recruits ahead of next season, with Falcao, Bayer Leverkusen's Andre Schurrle and Everton's Marouane Fellaini among that list.

Reports in Tuesday's newspapers all but confirmed Arsene Wenger will join PSG next season, but the Sun claims any such deal has been called off. The move would have benefitted all parties, with the French side preparing to replace Carlo Ancelotti, who looks headed to Real Madrid, and Arsenal reportedly eyeing a change at the top. But the tabloid claims PSG have conceded defeat in the race for Wenger, believing he is unlikely to leave the Gunners a year before his current contract expires. Former Arsenal defender Remi Garde has backed Wenger to stay at the Emirates.

Also in the Sun, Chelsea look close to securing Partizan Belgrade striker Lazar Markovic. The 19-year-old Serbian has attracted interest from Inter Milan and Liverpool, but is expected to join countryman Branislav Ivanovic at Stamford Bridge for an estimated fee of £6 million.

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