- Manchester United's Wayne Rooney in right ding-dong with boss David Moyes about his future11:20 | 11/07/2013
New manager reveals he and England striker linked with Chelsea and Arsenal have held talks in their respective houses
David Moyes has revealed he and Wayne Rooney have been to each other’s homes in a bid to resolve the Manchester United striker’s future.
Moyes has insisted Rooney is not for sale, after former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson claimed the player had asked to leave near the end of last season.
Arsenal and Chelsea are keen to buy the 27-year-old, but the home visits between the forward and Moyes suggest the new United manager is doing all he can to keep him as part of the squad he’s inherited from Fergie.
“The club has said that Wayne is staying, and he’s not for sale,” said the Scot.
“I’ve met him on several occasions recently. Wayne has been to my house, I’ve been to his, and obviously we’re here [at the training ground] every day.
“A lot has been said about me and Wayne over recent years, but we have a good relationship.
“He’s trained great. They [people at the club] are telling me they’ve never seen him in better shape. That’s positive.
“He’s not for sale and I will try to get the best Wayne Rooney I possibly can.”
Despite Moyes insisting Rooney is not for sale, the player himself is said to still be open to the prospect of a move after nine years in Manchester.
He is understood to have told friends he is ready for a move to London, with Chelsea ahead of Arsenal in the battle to sign the 27-year-old England star.
Moyes and Rooney left with the rest of the champions’ squad on Wednesday for a three-week pre-season tour of Thailand, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong.
United skipper Nemanja Vidic was not on the flight to Bangkok, as the defender is suffering with sciatica.
The champions are hopeful he will join up with the squad later on the trip.
Injured trio Chris Smalling, Ashley Young and Nani will all miss the tour, while Robin van Persie, David De Gea and Shinji Kagawa will miss Saturday’s opener in Thailand after being given additional time off following their international commitments over the summer.
Van Persie and De Gea will join up with the squad on the second leg of the tour, in Sydney, Kagawa in his native Japan.
Despite being away, Moyes said he and United officials were working hard on adding to the squad, with Barcelona playmaker Thiago Alcantara still a key target.
“Manchester United will always be in for the best players in the world,” said Moyes.
“But we are also very interested in developing our own youth players and bringing in potential players for the future, so we are working on that just now.
“Don’t be kidded because there is a bit of a lack of activity. Take it from me, we are working hard behind the scenes to try to improve the squad.
“I’m really fortunate that Alex [Ferguson] has given me the champions of England. My job is to try and keep that going, maintain it and build on it. We are out there trying.
“I won’t talk about players at other clubs, I don’t think it’s right, but I can tell you we are out there trying to do some business.”
According to Mirror
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