Everton manager, Sam Allardyce has denied asking Wayne Rooney to leave the club but admitted there have been negotiations over a possible move to MLS side DC United.
Allardyce, at a press conference ahead of Sunday’s game at West Ham United, said he expected to find out more when he spoke to Rooney later in training.
He added that he would be “comfortable” if any player wanted to move on.
Rooney has been the subject of intense speculation over the past few days.
Multiple British media reports had claimed that a deal had been agreed “in principle” for him to move to the U.S. in the summer.
This is following a difficult season at Everton in which he has struggled for game time under Allardyce.
“Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave, nor has he had a confrontation with me because we are adults. My understanding is that there have been some negotiations.
“As to clarity of whether Wayne is leaving or staying I’ll find out when he comes in for training today.
“I don’t get involved in transfers or negotiations. All I know is there are interests —– where Wayne lies with it I can’t tell you at the moment.
“If the player wants to leave, if any player does, I am comfortable with it.
“But I don’t want to make a headline ‘Sam says Rooney can leave’ —- I mean if any player wants to leave he can leave,” Allardyce added.
Allardyce was also asked about media reports suggesting that Rooney has asked for guarantees over playing time next season should he stay at Goodison Park.
The former England captain was visibly annoyed at being substituted just after halftime in successive games against Manchester City and Liverpool a few weeks ago.
“How can anyone be guaranteed playing time next season?” asked Allardyce.
“It’s up to the player to put their game together on a consistent basis every week and keep their place in the team.
“He’s (Rooney’s) had a difficult time since last summer but we’ve all come through that, Wayne included. Wayne is so level-headed.
“He’s never got carried away and that’s why he’s played so well and achieved so much.”
Allardyce’s own situation is also uncertain following supporter unrest at recent performances, but the 63-year-old showed every intention of staying at the club next season.
“I have a one-year contract. Until someone tells me I’m no longer wanted, then I have a contract. That’s it. Next season is already planned. It’s done, it’s there,” he said.
“I think recruitment is the start of the process to try and achieve a top-six challenge.
“The next level of recruitment has to be quality players who get into the team and make them better than they are at this moment in time.”(Reuters/NAN)