Manchester United forward claims he hasn't seen Sir Alex since Ferguson retired…
During the unveiling of an autobiography that, in the words of a tongue-in-cheek Arsene Wenger, should have everybody 'concerned', Sir Alex Ferguson clarified the Wayne Rooney transfer storm that engulfed much of the summer.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Ferguson said: 'This is the nub of it: in the regulations, in your contract, if you write a letter and ask away or say you have asked away, you lose all your signing-on fees. [Rooney] has never admitted that and never put in a written transfer request, which is what he has been sore at.'
While the former Manchester United manager went on to claim that the forward had made a verbal request to leave amid Chelsea's mounting interest, the foundations of which were built on a selection policy that saw him played out of his favoured position, Ferguson said that, at the time, Wayne 'was not playing well enough' to warrant a striking role.
Under Moyes, though, Rooney is shining. In 565 minutes of Premier League duty, Rooney has returned three goals, two assists and 12 chances. He has also struck twice in Europe and his performance on Wednesday evening, against Real Sociedad, was inspirational as he played a key part in the club's sole goal and he ran well over 10,000 metres during the match, a testament to his work-rate and engine.
Following the triumph, Rooney lamented United's inability to convert more of their chances, however, he was pleased that the fact he never submitted a formal transfer request in the summer has become public knowledge.
He told Sky Sports: 'He [Ferguson has] got his own opinion, I said all along I've said nothing about it. Thankfully he's gone back and corrected the story about me putting in a transfer request, I proved I haven't so I thank him for that.'
Even though he retired from his managerial position, Ferguson has remained a prominent figure at the club and watched Moyes steer the team to victory from the director's box, however, despite his status, he is not seen in the dressing room or training ground.
Rooney revealed: 'I haven't seen him since he retired… I'm happy working under David Moyes… and that's the main thing. The other stuff doesn't concern me. I'm happy playing my football. The new coaches have come in, it's a new lease of life. I'm enjoying working with Moyes and his staff. We've got a lot of hungry players fighting for places.'
As long as Rooney maintains his form, Ferguson will be happy. He concluded: 'Now, we see Wayne Rooney. That's the one I love seeing and I am enjoying him getting back to that form.
'In that form, United will win most of their games.'
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