Moyes declares wantaway Rooney “not for sale”
David Moyes claims he had grown tired of talking about Wayne Rooney. The Manchester United manager reiterated that the wantaway striker wasn’t for sale, but admitted he won’t be available for the Premier League opener against Swansea City. Moyes also rubbished reports about having falling out with the England international.
Rooney has received an England call up for a friendly against the Republic of Ireland. Moyes insists Rooney will not be playing in that game or the Premier League game this weekend, unless he is fully fit. The 27-year-old England international missed the Community Shield game against Wigan Athletic on Sunday.
In the absence of Rooney, Robin van Persie stepped up to plate to score a brace and take Manchester United to a 2-0 victory. Meanwhile, Chelsea have announced that they will continue with their pursuit for Rooney “until the last day” of the season.
Moyes claims he no longer has it in him to answer questions about Rooney’s transfer saga. Moyes admitted he had been closely following speculations from the media, but had no interest in playing a part in them.
“I am enjoying talking about it. I am hearing so many of you getting it wrong. And I know most of you, and I am thinking you are cleverer than that,” Moyes said.
“I want him to join up [with the England squad]. He trained with us yesterday. He is not ready. You will see that in the game [against Scotland]. He will probably play a chunk of the game, but he has had not football.
“He played a chunk of a game against Real Betis where he hurt a shoulder. Apart from that, he has had no match action. You would not expect someone in that condition to play for a long period.
“But he is coming back, he is breaking himself back into the team, and it will be great for Manchester United for him to get some playing time. He was not ready for today but he has a chance to be ready for Wednesday.”
When questioned on why Manchester United wanted to keep a player who apparently had no desire to play, Moyes declared Rooney was “not for sale”.
“He is not for sale. It is not changing. That’s the answer to your question. I have heard the question. Okay?”