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Charlton expects Rooney stay

July 28, 2013

Sir Bobby Charlton has tipped Wayne Rooney to stay at Manchester United and break his club goalscoring record.

Chelsea are the first club to have shown their hand as the race begins for Wayne Rooney.
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Chelsea have had a £20 million offer for the England striker rejected but Rooney has been unsettled since the end of last season, when Sir Alex Ferguson said he put in a request to leave the Premier League champions.

But new manager David Moyes has insisted Rooney is not for sale and United director Charlton hopes to keep the forward.

Rooney, who joined from Everton in 2004, has scored 197 goals for United while 1966 World Cup winner Charlton managed 249 between 1956 and 1973.

Speaking at the Laureus-supported project in Hong Kong, Charlton said: "I still think Wayne Rooney will stay at Manchester United long enough to beat my goalscoring record

"Wayne Rooney is a Manchester United player and I think that he will continue to be a Manchester United player."

Charlton believes Moyes will exceed expectations in his time at Old Trafford, adding: "David Moyes is a first class coach and manager. After watching David for a while I really do believe he is going to have a happier time than some people give him credit for.

"There is continuity already because Sir Alex is a director of the club. I am certain there will be mutual support between Sir Alex and David."

Charlton has been impressed by new signing Wilfried Zaha during United’s pre-season fixtures in Asia and Australia.

He explained: "Wilfried Zaha has maybe been the star of the tour. Give him the ball and all he wants to do is beat defenders and smash the ball into the back of the net. I think our crowds are going to love him."

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