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MANCHESTER, United Kingdom: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has rejected speculation linking the club with a move for United striker Wayne Rooney.
Rooney’s future at United has been thrown into the spotlight after he started the 2-1 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid on the bench.
Alex Ferguson has attempted to draw a line under the situation by insisting that Rooney will be at United next season and he has no issues with the striker.
City were interested in the England forward, 27, when he looked set to leave Old Trafford in 2010.
But Mancini has played down any suggestion that he could renew their pursuit of their neighbours’ striker.
Mancini said: “I don’t know. I don’t know this situation. I can understand Rooney would be upset if he didn’t play but these are things that can happen in every team. After one week is finished.
“I think that Rooney is one of the best strikers in Europe but I think it is difficult he can leave Man United.”AFP