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Wayne Rooney confirms intention to leave Manchester United

Wayne Rooney with manager Sir Alex Ferguson pictured in May 2010
Wayne Rooney with manager Sir Alex Ferguson pictured in May 2010
Wayne Rooney
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during the press conference at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 19, 2010. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.
File photo dated 19/04/2008 of Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney (right) on the touchline
File photo dated 01/09/2004 of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (left) and new signing Wayne Rooney (right) with Joe Ruane (c) who held a sign pleading for the club to sign Rooney
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Sir Alex Ferguson
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during the press conference at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 19, 2010. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during the press conference at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 19, 2010. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.

Wayne Rooney has confirmed he wants to leave Manchester United.

Rooney has released a statement on Wednesday evening in response to Sir Alex Ferguson's comments on Tuesday. And in it, he confirms he wants to leave Old Trafford.

"I met with David Gill last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad," said Rooney. "I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract."

Rooney admitted he was surprised by the depth of Ferguson's comments on Tuesday.

He remains a big fan of the United boss but says the future direction of the club was causing him concern.

"I was interested to hear what Sir Alex had to say yesterday (Tuesday) and surprised by some of it," continued Rooney. "It is absolutely true, as he said, that my agent and I have had a number of meetings with the club about a new contract. During those meetings in August I asked for assurances about the continued ability of the club to attract the top players in the world.

"I have never had anything but complete respect for MUFC. How could I not have done given its fantastic history and especially the last six years in which I have been lucky to play a part?

"For me it's all about winning trophies - as the club has always done under Sir Alex. Because of that I think the questions I was asking were justified.

"Despite recent difficulties, I know I will always owe Sir Alex Ferguson a huge debt. He is a great manager and mentor who has helped and supported me from the day he signed me from Everton when I was only 18.

"For Manchester United's sake I wish he could go on forever because he's a one off and a genius."

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