Transfer news

Wayne Rooney 'confident of move'

August 10, 2013
By Richard Jolly

Wayne Rooney has told his Manchester United team-mates he will be joining Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho has already had two bids for the England striker rejected, but a source close to United told ESPN that Rooney is convinced he will be headed to Stamford Bridge and has said as much to his colleagues at Old Trafford.

Several of the United squad are reportedly unhappy with Rooney, who has ignored their appeals to extend his nine-year stay with the Premier League champions, and their relationship has not improved with the attacker increasingly confident he will go.

United have insisted the 27-year-old is not for sale, but Chelsea haven't abandoned their pursuit of the former Everton player.

 

Sir Alex Ferguson said that Rooney asked to leave United before the end of last season and that although David Moyes has said he is keen to keep the forward, he remains unsettled.

Rooney has not appeared for United in their pre-season programme -- apart from a behind-closed-doors friendly against Real Betis -- because of hamstring and shoulder injuries.

He missed Rio Ferdinand's testimonial, the 3-1 defeat to Sevilla, but trained with the reserves Thursday and Friday.

Rooney could be fit enough to face Wigan in Sunday's Community Shield at Wembley, but it remains to be seen whether Moyes will pick him.

He has been included in Roy Hodgson's England squad for Wednesday's friendly against Scotland.

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