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Rooney to pursue United exit - reports

Manchester United have denied reports that Wayne Rooney is available after reports claiming the striker had handed in a transfer request
Manchester United have said that striker Wayne Rooney is not for sale after he reportedly asked to leave the club for a second time

Wayne Rooney is expected to pursue a release from Manchester United, despite the club's claims he is "not for sale", the Press Association reports.

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Rooney, 27, has been linked with a number of European teams after a season which saw him pushed into the midfield by the arrival of striker Robin van Persie, with reports suggesting he is unhappy in his role at Old Trafford.

Following the appointment of David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at United, rumours suggested Rooney would fast track his exit from the club after a somewhat tenuous end to his Everton career under Moyes.

A United spokesman confirmed to Press Association Sport that "Wayne Rooney is not for sale", but sources close to Rooney told the Association that his representatives will take a tentative approach to Moyes' appointment and wait until the Everton boss joins the club before making a decision on the player's future.

Rooney has two years remaining on his current contract and PA reports United will offer the England international a new deal in the coming weeks, although his wage demands act as a potential barrier.

Rooney is reported to earn around £250,000 a week on his current deal, and the club would be reluctant to increase it, although the sources suggest the 27-year-old would not be willing to accept a pay cut.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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