Manchester United manager David Moyes has reiterated his stance that Wayne Rooney is not for sale and the club will continue to turn down bids from Chelsea and have made no changes in their pre-season plans regarding the striker’s comeback from a hamstring injury.
Moyes told reporters yesterday, “we have said and the club have said he is not for sale, that has not changed. I do expect Wayne to be in Stockholm. As far as I know he is coming on.
“He has started light jogging and the feedback from the physios is that he is progressing so hopefully those dates will still be right when we get back.”
Rooney left the team’s tour of Asia and Australia early to receive treatment on the injury but has increased speculation about a move to Chelsea by spending time recently playing golf at a course close to Chelsea’s training ground.
The 27 year old was angered by Moyes’ claims earlier this summer that he would be used as a back up to Robin van Persie and his situation, coupled with a public airing of his desires to move by Sir Alex Ferguson last season, have sparked Chelsea into action but United have remained resolute that they will not sell.
The Premier League champion’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward flew home from the tour early also amid rumours that the ‘transfer business’ cited as the reason for his departure concerned Rooney.
It instead emerged that he was putting together a £26million bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas that was rejected by the La Liga champions.
That deal appears to have stalled now as the Catalan club have been explicit in their refusal to consider a move despite an improved bid from United.
The Premier League champions tabled a deal worth over £30million for the midfielder but the club’s reaction was to state that he was not for sale under any circumstances.
Sandro Rosell, the club president, has reportedly been upfront with United about his position and Fabregas’ teammate and former United player Gerard Pique has told his former club they are wasting their time.
“It took a long time for Cesc to get his dream move back home and he won’t give it up. United are wasting their time,” Pique said.
“This is home. It is where his family is, and he is playing with his closest friends. He has told us he is happy and that he intends to stay with Barcelona.”