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Mourinho: I won't allow 'unhappy' Roo to leave United

By Ian Whittell

Jose Mourinho insists that Wayne Rooney will not be allowed to join Everton - or any other club - in the foreseeable future despite his mounting frustrations at Manchester United.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman spoke in general terms yesterday about a potential interest in Rooney, who left Goodison as a 19-year-old in a £20 million transfer in the summer of 2004.

"Wayne Rooney is a top player and, of course, if there is one day when he is available of course we would like to have him but it is too early and I don't like to speak about players who are under contract at other teams," Koeman said.

The United captain has not started a game for Mourinho since the home victory against Leicester on September 24 and also lost his starting berth with the England team in that time.

It is a situation which Rooney, who turned 31 this week, has not experienced before in his career and one which, Mourinho concedes, is difficult for the centre-forward.

But Mourinho insisted: "He's going nowhere. We like him, he likes us. He's not happy in the last matches because he was on the bench but I think he is even unhappier when he's not on the bench because he's been injured and has to stay in the stands.

"There are no problems at all. He's my captain. He is the team captain. He behaves like that. I don't know any player who is happy when he doesn't play."

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