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Jan 31, 2010

Gill: Rooney not for sale at any price

Manchester United chief executive David Gill has stressed that Wayne Rooney is not for sale at any price, while the England striker again re-iterated his desire to stay at the club.

Financial figures released earlier this month revealed United would have made a loss in 2009 had it not been for the £80 million sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid and speculation has raged that Sir Alex Ferguson may be forced to offload another of his stars to try and balance the books.

But Gill told BBC Radio Five Live: "I'm very, very confident in saying that unless [Sir] Alex agreed to it, we would not accept an offer for a player that we wanted to keep - regardless of the value.

"From my own personal perspective, and Alex's, we have no doubt in saying that they (United's owners, the Glazer family) would support whatever we require from a team perspective.

"Wayne has a contract through until 2012. He has gone on record to say he wants to stay and we want him to stay."

"I'm sure (a new deal) will be addressed in the close season. We hope that would be the case as we want to put him on a new, long-term contract. He's 24 and got the best years of his life ahead of him. Very few players, particularly UK-based players, want to leave Manchester United.''

Rooney also took the opportunity to reiterate his desire to stay at the club, ahead of Sunday's crunch clash with Arsenal.

"This is my club. I'm very happy here," Rooney was quoted as saying in several Sunday newspapers. "My family live 30 minutes away. I'm perfectly happy and there is no reason to play my football anywhere else. Manchester United are the biggest club in the world.''

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