Van Persie wants Rooney to stay

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Robin van Persie

LONDON. — Chelsea target Wayne Rooney “deep down” wants to stay at Manchester United, says strike partner Robin van Persie. Rooney has been the subject of two rejected bids from Jose Mourinho’s side but seems keen to force a move – even sending David Moyes a thinly-veiled attack on Facebook.

RVP, though, thinks the 27-year-old will stay at Old Trafford and admitted the prospect of playing with Rooney as one of the reasons he joined United.

He told The Sun: “Everyone wants Wayne to stay and deep down I think he feels the same.
“One of the reasons I joined Manchester United was to play with Wayne.

“I hope he stays.
“Not only is he a great goalscorer, he does so much work across the pitch.
“He hates to lose — that’s why you see him one minute pressing for goal, the next minute defending ferociously. He is an asset to any team. He will come good again.

“He is a strong lad.”
The shoulder injury which United have cited him as having has not stopped him being picked for England’s meeting with Scotland on Wednesday.

Rooney’s situation remains unclear three months on, with new manager David Moyes yet to call on the 27-year-old, who missed yesterday’s Community Shield with Wigan.

However, while the position is far from ideal given Rooney’s desire to leave and his time spent training with the reserves last  week, Moyes has indicated the rift is not quite as bad as some have claimed.

“I had a long conversation with Roy about it last week,” Moyes told MUTV.
“Wayne has had a shoulder injury.

“He has been sore with it, which has meant he has not been able to have any contact, so he hasn’t trained with us (the first team).
“He has trained a little bit with the reserves as a non-contact player, a floating player, so at least he got a little bit of football work.
“He trained with the first team today (Saturday) and he did a bit of extra work, so he is probably more likely to be ready for England than he will be for us.

“You’ve got to remember he has had no football practice.
“I explained all this and I would only expect Roy to play him for a short time.”— The Mirror.

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