Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed how he tried to talk Wayne Rooney out of wanting to quit the club.
Ferguson told a press conference on Tuesday afternoon that the England striker had suggested to him that he wanted to leave Old Trafford in a move that has stunned the football world.
"I had a meeting with him, and he intimated to me, in his own way, that he wanted to leave," Ferguson said.
"We had a discussion about the whole situation. I said 'the only thing I want from you Wayne is to respect and honour the club's position and its traditions and behave like a proper professional and we will try and see it through'.
"I did say to him, as David Gill intimated, that there was an offer there if he was prepared to accept it. It was an offer that never got to any financial discussions.
"I know that David was prepared to offer him a contract that would be difficult to better elsewhere."