Gill quietens down Rooney to Real 'noise'
Manchester United are confident Wayne Rooney will not be tempted by a move to Real Madrid - and new Bernabeu boss Jose Mourinho agrees a deal would be "impossible". Mourinho is a long-time admirer of the striker, and told Spanish sports newspaper AS: "I would like to train Rooney... but my friend Ferguson can rest easy because it is impossible." United chief executive David Gill suggested United would discuss a new contract for Rooney, and dismissed the notion of the England forward moving to Real. "He won't go there. He won't want to go there. There may be some noise around it. I don't care," Gill said. Meanwhile, Reds boss Sir Alex Ferguson will have a major say in deciding who should succeed him when he ends his long reign at Old Trafford. Gill has pledged Ferguson's advice will be sought when the Scot decides to stand down, but insists there have been no indications that such a decision is likely to come soon. "We don't know when Alex is going to retire and long may he continue," Gill told The Independent. But when he does decide to retire, 68-year-old Ferguson, who has spent 23 years in charge of United, is set to be joined by Sir Bobby Charlton on a selection panel as the club seek a man capable of following him and maintaining the high levels of achievement. "It will be discussed with Alex, Bobby Charlton and the owners," Gill said. "I think Alex will be the key. He knows people. He will have a big role in advising and being a sounding board. I am sure we will talk with the owners and look at who is there and determine who we would like to appoint. "It would be remiss of us not to use the expertise and knowledge that we have." Gill declined to discuss the names of those managers likely to be in contention, and given the decision could still be several years away any existing shortlist could change dramatically. He described Mourinho as "a winner", as his record, not only in the past season with Inter Milan, only serves to demonstrate. Do you think Rooney will spend the rest of his career with United? Have your say.
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