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Manchester United manager David Moyes insists Wayne Rooney is 'not for sale' amid continuing interest from Chelsea

By Jack de Menezes

Manchester United boss David Moyes plans to assess the fitness of Wayne Rooney ahead of the Barclays Premier League opener against Swansea this weekend before deciding whether or not to include the striker.

Rooney featured for 66 minutes in yesterday’s international friendly against Scotland before being replaced by debutant Rickie Lambert, whose first touch for his country gave Roy Hodgson’s side the win with a towering header just three minutes after coming on.

Moyes was in the ITV studio for the match coverage, and he refused to speak about the transfer speculation that has linked Rooney with a move to Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho publicly admitting his interest for the England star.

Chelsea have seen two bids rejected for the 27-year-old, and Moyes insists that Rooney is not for sale as he looks to bring the striker back into his squad following an injury hit pre-season.

"(There are) no more developments, we don't want any more, because we've told everybody he's not for sale," he told Sky Sports News.

"I think I need to see how he is when we get back. When I get back I will try and assess him. I watched the game last night, I thought for the 65 minutes he played he did well, ran around and got himself some fitness, but it was his first real outing in a competitive game."

United captain Nemanja Vidic joined Moyes at the launch of the new Barclays Premier League season, and he didn’t seem too concerned with talk of Rooney’s future, with the forward spending the last week training with the reserves at his own request as he eased back to fitness.

"I think he has trained very well. He had a few small injuries in the last few weeks, but he has trained very well. He didn't have as many games but the season is long and I think he will deal with it," Vidic said.

"To be fair, I am not worried as much (about his future). Wayne is training well, the club is strong and know what they are doing. I have trust in the manager."

Moyes is yet to make a significant signing as of yet, with the addition of young Uruguayan Guillermo Varela the only new face at Old Trafford, plus the arrival of Wilfried Zaha after he joined the club in January but remained with Crystal Palace on-loan until the end of the season.

But Moyes is hopeful that he will make more signings before the window is closed.

"I'm confident we will have players in," he added.

"We're involved in several players we are looking at and that will continue. Will we get them before the deadline? I hope so. We're working very hard to do so."

The former Everton boss faces the mammoth task of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, and while the former United boss has now retired, he has joined the board as a director of the club and remains in constant contact with Moyes – something that he feels will benefit both himself and the club.

"I went to see him at his house and I speak to him quite regularly on the phone. It's good to have someone I can go to if I need any advice, especially at a club like Manchester United.

"He's great and he's someone I look forward to taking advice from in the future."

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