Gill - Rooney won't go

United insist striker is not for sale

Wayne Rooney: Remains an important part of Manchester United's future plans

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Manchester United chief executive David Gill has attempted to bring an end to rumours regarding Wayne Rooney's future by insisting the striker is going nowhere.

After being benched for the Red Devils' last Premier League outing against Fulham, with summer signing Robin van Persie preferred in a central striking role, reports suggested United may be willing to listen to offers for Rooney.

The England international has since come out reiterating his full commitment to the Old Trafford cause, branding the speculation as 'nonsense' and 'rubbish'.

Gill has now offered an official view from the club, with the Old Trafford chief adamant that Rooney, who penned a five-year contract back in 2010, is not for sale at any price.

He said: "Wayne is definitely not for sale and I can categorically say there has been no discussion within the club or with his agent.

"He is on a long-term contract with us and is very integral to our team.

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"Wayne is definitely not for sale and I can categorically say there has been no discussion within the club or with his agent."

David Gill

Quotes of the week

"Wayne's a great player who has got a bad injury, but he will come back.

"He didn't start on Saturday for various reasons. Alex Ferguson picks the best team to win the game and that's it.

"He's a manager who's been so successful there will be rotation.

"Robin van Persie has shown the desire to play for Manchester United.

"With him, Shinji Kagawa, Nick Powell, Alexander Buttner and Angelo Henriquez, we've refreshed pretty well."

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