RVP calls on Wayne Rooney to stay put
Robin van Persie has urged his Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney to remain at Old Trafford.
Rooney’s future has been unclear for some time, with former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claiming in May that the England international had asked to leave the club for the second time.
Chelsea are desperate to land the forward this summer, although they have so far had two bids rejected for the player by the Red Devils.
But Van Persie, who arrived at Old Trafford from Arsenal last year, is hopeful that Rooney can sort out his problems and get back to his best this season, after struggling at times last term.
“Everyone wants Wayne to stay and deep down I think he feels the same,” Van Persie told The Sun. “One of the reasons I joined Manchester United was to play with Wayne.
“I hope he stays. Not only is he a great goalscorer, he does so much work across the pitch. He hates to lose - that's why you see him one minute pressing for goal, the next minute defending ferociously. He is an asset to any team. He will come good again. He is a strong lad.''
Despite currently struggling with a shoulder problem, Rooney has been selected in England’s squad for their friendly with Scotland on Wednesday.
However, United boss David Moyes has moved to calm fears regarding the former Everton player’s fitness.
“I had a long conversation with [England manager] Roy [Hodgson] about it last week,'' Moyes told MUTV. “Wayne has had a shoulder injury. He has been sore with it, which has meant he has not been able to have any contact, so he hasn't trained with us [the first team].
“He has trained a little bit with the reserves as a non-contact player, a floating player, so at least he got a little bit of football work. He trained with the first team today [Saturday] and he did a bit of extra work, so he is probably more likely to be ready for England than he will be for us.
“You've got to remember he has had no football practice. I explained all this and I would only expect Roy to play him for a short time.''
Information from the Press Association was used in this report