Premier League - Rooney exit reports dismissed

Fri, 06 Jan 21:23:00 2012

Manchester United and Wayne Rooney have issued a combined statement denying the England striker is about to leave after a fall-out with Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Stories have emerged claiming the 26-year-old's relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson is broken beyond repair, with the Independent set to publish a Saturday morning story claiming he will be sold.

This has been vehemently denied by both parties.

"Manchester United and Wayne Rooney have been made aware of the theme of an article in (Saturday's) Independent newspaper," said the United-Rooney statement.

"We have not seen the detail but can assure all United fans that the manager and the club are committed to Wayne Rooney and Wayne is committed to the manager and the club."

The statement added: "The player and the manager have always had and retain, the utmost respect for each other and look forward to working together in the coming seasons.

"Any suggestion that Manchester United and Wayne Rooney are to part company is complete nonsense."

Rooney himself said on Twitter: "The independent are talking absolute rubbish, my future is with Manchester United and the club and I am totally committed, the manager and I have no issues and anyone who says different doesn't know what they are talking about."

Reports of a fall-out first emerged when Rooney asked for a transfer last season, saying United's ambition did not match his own.

He soon signed a new contract, with the club bringing in millions of pounds worth of young talent in the summer, but latest reports of a bust-up emerged when it was claimed the player was fined and dropped for the shock 3-2 loss at home to Blackburn Rovers after an unsanctioned Boxing Day evening out.

Rooney returned to the team for the next match but could not help United avoid a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle.

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