Club great says England star will still be at Old Trafford next season.
Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton says that recent reports suggesting that Red Devil front man Wayne Rooney is set to leave Old Trafford at the end of this season are purely “premature”.
Stories in the British press have been circulating ever since head coach Sir Alex Ferguson left the England international out of the club’s starting XI for their huge second leg clash with Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League at Old Trafford last Tuesday night – a tie that the club went on to lose in his absence.
And, on the back of the player’s surprise omission there have been a wave of reports of late suggesting that the 27-year-old will not be offered a new deal to stay in the North West, with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich now being heavily linked with a big money move for the centre forward this summer.
However, speaking ahead of the Laureus World Sport awards in Rio de Janeiro, Charlton dismissed those stories, saying: “Wayne Rooney has maybe had an injury and he might not perform as well as he might have done but that’s not to say you get rid of him.
“Sir Alex Ferguson said he had no intentions of letting Wayne Rooney travel to anywhere and you have to abide by that, 100 per cent. He’s a great player. Why would we get rid of a great player? I think you’re being a bit premature.”