Old Trafford boss states that England striker intends to leave the club.
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Sir Alex Ferguson reveals that striker Wayne Rooney wants to leave Manchester United.
The Old Trafford boss admitted he was “shocked” and “disappointed” to hear the news but said he had not fallen out with the England international.
Ferguson says he hopes the 26-year-old changes his mind and remains at the club he joined from Everton in 2004.
Rooney’s contract with the Premier League giants is due to end at the end of the 2011/12 season.
Manchester United are due to face Bursaspor in the Champions League on Wednesday but Rooney will not be involved after being stretchered off at the end of training on Tuesday.
Rooney’s future has been the subject of intense speculation over the last few days following reports that the England striker was not prepared to sign a new contract.
In an interview with MUTV filmed before he spoke to the media, Ferguson said Manchester United chief executive David Gill had told him about Rooney’s decision not to sign a new deal back in the summer.
“I was in the office on 14 August and David phoned me to say he (Rooney) wasn’t signing a contract,” said Ferguson.
“I was dumbfounded. Only months before he was saying he was at the greatest club in the world.
“I asked to have a meeting with the boy. He reiterated what his agent said, that he wanted to go.”
So there you have it. more to follow!