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18 Aug 2013 09:46:54

Rooney Tight-Lipped On Future

Wayne Rooney refused to be drawn on the speculation surrounding his future as he spoke publicly for the first time since he was linked with a move to Chelsea.

Rooney was introduced as a 60th-minute substitute on Saturday as David Moyes' reign as Manchester United manager began with a resounding 4-1 win at Swansea.

Moyes has spent the majority of the summer insisting that Rooney is not for sale after Chelsea made two bids for the 27-year-old, who did not feature in pre-season.

United say Rooney has been unable to play because of injuries to his hamstring, and then to his shoulder, but the former Everton man was deemed fit enough to play 65 minutes of England's 3-2 win over Scotland on Wednesday night.

Such has been the furore caused by Rooney's spat with Sir Alex Ferguson towards the end of last season, and Chelsea's interest in him, that the striker has not spoken in public since his former manager dropped him in May.

But he would not comment on the matter following Wednesday's game against the Scots.

"I am here to talk about England," Rooney said when questioned about speculation regarding his future.

Rooney was more forthcoming about his desire to get some playing time under his belt.

Rooney had to come home from the club's tour of Asia after a hamstring strain last month and he then suffered a shoulder injury playing in an unofficial friendly against Real Betis a fortnight ago.

The 27-year-old trained with the United reserves - at his own request - in order to boost his fitness ahead of the Scotland game and he has been frustrated by his injury situation.


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