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Rooney going nowhere insists Schmeichel

ESPN staff
August 21, 2013
Could Mourinho be preparing to ditch his chase for Rooney?

Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel believes "no money would be enough" to persuade his former club to sell Wayne Rooney to Chelsea.

While Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho continues to insist he will push for as long as possible to snare Rooney and the player seems keen on a move to Stamford Bridge, Schmeichel believes the speculation is all futile.

"I know Sir Alex Ferguson came out and said Wayne asked for a transfer, but I have spoken to Wayne and he said he never did," Schmeichel told Sky Sports. "He hasn't said he wants to go to Chelsea, Arsenal or anywhere else. I hope United play Wayne against Chelsea on Monday. That will put everything to bed.

"David Moyes has said many times that Wayne is not going anywhere, but when he says that, no one listens.

"If you stick him up front you will get 25 or 30 goals. If you play him in midfield you will get someone as close as you can get to replace Paul Scholes. I think he wants to play up front and score goals, but he will do anything asked of him."

" Rooney is one of the best players in the world [and] Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world. Why on earth would we sell one of the best players in the world. No money is big enough to give him to Chelsea or to Arsenal.

"Why would you strengthen your opponents? Why would you sell your best player, or one of your best players? I don't know what needs to be done for David Moyes to kill the story.

"He has said it many times that no amount of money will make him sell Rooney. Hopefully he will stand by those words because he is such a good player and he is so important to Man United."

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