• Premier League

Rooney 'confident of Chelsea move'

ESPN staff
August 10, 2013
Chelsea are expected to offer Wayne Rooney £240,000 a week to lure him to Stamford Bridge © PA Photos

Wayne Rooney has told his Manchester United team-mates he will be joining Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho has already had two bids rejected but a source close to United told ESPN that Rooney is convinced he will be headed to Stamford Bridge and has said as much to his colleagues at Old Trafford.

Several of the United squad are reportedly unhappy with Rooney, who has ignored their appeals to extend his nine-year stay at the club, and their relationship has not improved with Rooney increasingly confident he will go.

United have insisted Rooney, 27, is not for sale but Chelsea haven't abandoned their pursuit.

Sir Alex Ferguson said Rooney asked to leave United before the end of last season and while David Moyes has said he is keen to keep him, he remains unsettled.

Rooney has not appeared for United in their pre-season programme - apart from a behind-closed-doors friendly against Real Betis - because of hamstring and shoulder injuries.

He missed Rio Ferdinand's testimonial, the 3-1 defeat to Sevilla, but trained with the reserves on both Thursday and Friday.

Rooney could be fit enough to face Wigan in Sunday's Community Shield at Wembley but it remains to be seen if Moyes will pick him.

He has been included in Roy Hodgson's England squad for Wednesday's friendly against Scotland.

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