Manchester United have found an unexpected ally in their bid to keep Wayne Rooney at the club, with England manager Roy Hodgson claiming that he’ll warn his players from talking with the United striker about his future, when England meet ahead of their friendly against Scotland.
Hodgson, who described his decision as a “duty of care” towards United manager David Moyes, will not stop Rooney from talking to the rest of the team as “it might be difficult”, but the England manager stressed the need to leave transfer gossip away from the England camp, today’s papers reports.
Rather interestingly, Rooney is fit to play for England, despite having played only 45 minutes during this pre-season as his feud with United intensified, with the striker determined to leave the club. The England striker last played 90 minutes during England’s friendly against Brazil in June, something Roy Hodgson is well aware of, having spoken to Rooney himself.
The England manager has also spoken with David Moyes – twice – as well as with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and will be eager to avoid a diplomatic incident, particularly considering that Rooney has a number of friends among Chelsea players and what might start as a friendly chat, could effectively turn into tapping up the player.
“Ashley Cole and Wayne are quite close friends. David Moyes must know that as well. If they weren’t speaking in a hotel, they would be speaking on the telephone,” said Hodgson.
“But I do accept a duty of care. I will try to make it clear to everybody, both the Chelsea players and the Manchester United players and anyone else for that matter – because United are associated with other players that we might have in our squad – that this is England.
“I must say that both David Moyes and Jose Mourinho have been fully supportive and fully understand my situation.
“The situation is not an easy one at the moment for David and Wayne. Wayne is very keen and anxious to be a part of this but he also is aware he might not be able to give us the full service that he normally does because of what has been happening to him fitness-wise.”
United have showed no intention to listen to Rooney’s requests so far and Chelsea’s manager Jose Mourinho is considering a third bid for the England striker, who’s now understood to be angry at David Moyes, reports suggest.
“We are far away so we are not in England to know every detail but we are doing things in the correct way,” said Mourinho. “We made the bid and Manchester United have reacted. Let’s see what happens. But we can’t do more than we are doing now.
“We are doing things legally, making the official bid directly to the club, no interviews or comments or direct relations with the player, no contact, absolutely nothing. We are doing everything in an ethical way, so let’s see if things change.
“There is no time limit. We have our squad of strikers. We have identified the player as one we would like to have with us. We have done it in an ethical way and we are going to do that until the last day. And we will see how it comes.”
A third bid could soon be on its way, should Rooney hand in a transfer request.
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