In the latest Wayne Rooney news, Everton boss Sam Allardyce has denied the striker has asked to leave the club amid rumours he has agreed a deal in principle with MLS side DC United.
The 32-year-old only made the move back to his boyhood club last summer after 13 years on the books of Manchester United and is on course to end the season as the Toffees’ topscorer with 11 goals.
However, all those goals came before Christmas and he has fallen out of favour with Allardyce in recent weeks.
England’s all-time leading goalscorer is understood to have agreed to join DC United on a two-year contract at the end of the campaign in a deal worth £12million.
Allardyce says he has not heard from Rooney directly that he wants to leave Everton but claims that he would rather players who did not want to be at the club left.
“My understanding is there seems to have been some negotiation somewhere along the line but as for clarity as to whether Wayne is staying or going we’ll see later on,” said Allardyce.
“I’m comfortable with any player who wants to leave but let’s put this right. Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave and neither has Wayne Rooney had a confrontation with me.”
Meanwhile, Allardyce has insisted he won’t be following Rooney out the door come the end of the season, despite some fans calling for him to go.
The ex-England boss has a contract until the summer of 2019 and claims he has already begun playing for next season.
“I have a one-year contract and until some time somebody says to me ‘I do not want you to fulfil that contract’ then I have a contract,” he said.