Sir Alex Ferguson will keep the door open for Wayne Rooney to sign a new deal at Manchester United.
The England striker has shocked the football world by intimating to the United chief that he wants to leave Old Trafford.
But despite the bleak backdrop, Ferguson is refusing to concede defeat in his attempts to keep the player.
"We have to keep the door open for him, simply because he is such a good player," he said. "We have done nothing but help him since he came to the club. That is another mystery.
"I don't know how many times we have helped him in terms of his private life and other matters. He is not the only one who gets that privilege because Manchester United is that type of club. We do that for all players, it doesn't matter who it is. It is part of your job here. You look after your players.
"That creates a tremendous loyalty. It has always been a good foundation of our club."