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Wayne Rooney has NOT asked to leave Everton but boss Allardyce set for talks with star amid DC United links

Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave Everton, according to boss Sam Allardyce.

Reports on Thursday suggested the former England captain was on the brink of a move to MLS side DC United in a £12.5m deal.

During Allardyce's press conference on Friday morning, he confirmed he has not had discussions with Rooney about a transfer, but insinuated that it would be talked about later in the day.

Allardyce said: "My understanding is there seems to have been some negotiation somewhere along the line but as for clarity as to whether Wayne is staying or going, I'll find out more when Wayne arrives for training later today.

"I don’t get involved in transfers but there seems to be an interest from DC United. Where that lies and where Wayne lies with it, I can't tell you at the moment. Only when I speak to him today will I find out where the situation lies.

"I’m comfortable with any player who wants to leave but let’s put this right, Wayne Rooney hasn’t asked to leave. Neither has Wayne Rooney had a confrontation with me. We haven't been in any difficult situations because we're two adults and we talk."

It was claimed on Thursday that Everton striker has agreed a "deal in principle" to join DC United.

Reports claim Rooney has been offered a contract until the end of the 2020 season, although the MLS transfer window does not open until July.

Rooney's agents were unavailable for comment while sources at DC United said they did not comment on player speculation.

Allardyce and Rooney have had their differences and the player's show of dissent when substituted in April's Merseyside derby resulted in clear-the-air talks between the pair.

Rooney is the club's top scorer this season with 11 goals but, as an indicator of where he is and where the club's form is, he has not scored since December 18.

Allardyce has played him in a midfield role in the second half of the season in an attempt to inject some creativity into the team but that has impacted on the player's personal form, leading to growing frustration.

Rooney rejoined his boyhood club in a free transfer from Manchester United last summer.

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