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Rooney denies having input in transfers

ESPN staff
March 16, 2014
Wayne Rooney admitted he had issues at the club last season © PA Photos

Wayne Rooney has dismissed claims his decision to sign a new contract last month at Manchester United was due in part to having been given privileged access to the club's transfer plans.

Rooney was unhappy at Old Trafford last season under Sir Alex Ferguson and at one point in the summer he appeared set for a move to Chelsea.

But the striker denied asking for any say on the club's spending policy.

"I want to be clear about this: I have never asked the club for any input about transfers," Rooney told the Sunday Mirror. "To suggest otherwise is crazy.

"Who we buy and sell is nothing to do with me. It never has been and it never will. David Moyes is the manager and decisions like that are for him to make."

Rooney hailed the influence of David Moyes at United, describing his former Everton boss as an "absolutely massive" factor in his decision to sign a new contract.

"David Moyes' influence on me signing the new contract was absolutely massive," he said.

"Certain issues did arise last season that I wasn't happy about. But out of respect to Sir Alex Ferguson I won't talk about what went on because as far as I'm concerned it's all in the past.

"When David Moyes took over he made it clear to me straight away that he wanted to draw a line under last season. And the key thing was when he assured me that he had total belief in me.

"Just as important, he also told me things that I probably didn't want to hear. He told me I had lost something from my game and that I needed to get back to basics."

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