Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Mancini: No Rooney talks

Wayne Rooney

Manchester City have had no contact with Wayne Rooney, according to manager Roberto Mancini.

Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed on Tuesday that the England striker would not sign a new contract at Old Trafford and many see Eastlands as his most likely destination.

Asked if there had been contact between City and the player, Mancini said: "No. Never."

Mancini echoed the comments of Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, who said on Tuesday night that he expected the player to stay where he is.

"Rooney is a great player but I think he'll stay at United," said Mancini. "He's a good player, he's an important player for United."

Pressed on whether he would be keen to sign the striker, the former Inter Milan boss added: "He is a United player. It's not correct to speak about that situation.

"I have respect for him, for Ferguson, for United. I want to speak only about my players.

"It's not my problem. I'm City manager. I have a lot of problems with my players. It's important for me to focus on Thursday's game (against Lech Posnan in the Europa League).

"He is a strong player like (Fernando) Torres, like (Lionel) Messi, like Carlos Tevez, like (Mario) Balotelli. This is my opinion."

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