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Fergie dismisses Rooney departure rumours as 'nonsense'

Wayne Rooney will stay with Manchester United next season. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Sir Alex Ferguson dismissed rumours that Wayne Rooney may be leaving Manchester United as "nonsense."

It comes after widespread speculation across yesterday's back pages that the striker could be on the move from Old Trafford.

But speaking to the media ahead of United's FA cup tie with Chelsea, Fergie insisted Rooney was staying put.

He said: "He will be here next year, you have my word on that.

"There is no issue between myself and Wayne Rooney. To suggest we don't talk is nonsense."

Ferguson left Rooney out of the United line-up for Tuesday's Champions League defeat by Real Madrid.

Since then it had been suggested the Red Devils boss would be willing to accept an offer for the striker this summer.

But Ferguson firmly denied that was the case.

He said: "He understood the reasons completely. Tactically we got it right. We don't always but we did then.

"There are no issues with the player and he will be involved on Sunday."

But he refused to say whether Rooney would actually start in the FA cup quarter final tie.

And he again repeated his belief that the 27-year-old needed to play matches in order to retain full fitness.

"Why should I help anyone by telling them my team? We don't do that," said Ferguson.

"But Wayne does need a lot of football. He has always been that type. That has always been the case."