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Allardyce denies Rooney asked to leave Everton

Allardyce denies Rooney asked to leave Everton

The forward originally left the Toffees as an 18-year-old in 2004, spending 13 seasons at Manchester United where he became their record goalscorer, won five Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League.

"I've always looked at Wayne Rooney as someone who just wants to play football, wants to get on the ball, touch the ball 40, 50, 60, 70 times and sometimes that has been his Achilles heel".

"I don't get involved in anything with regards transfers so all I know is there appears to be interest from D.C. United".

Former England captain Rooney has been subject to intense speculation over the last few days.

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"My understanding is that there has been some negotiations". Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave and neither has Wayne Rooney had a confrontation with me. If the player wants to leave - if any player does - I'm comfortable with it.

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Allardyce was also asked about media reports suggesting that Rooney has asked for guarantees over playing time next season should he say at Goodison Park.

Everything came to a head last month when he was substituted little more than halfway through successive games against Manchester City and Liverpool.

Allardyce is expected to find out about his own future this week with Moshiri contemplating whether to sack the Everton manager and pay around £6million in compensation.

"But they feel this is the guy that can put the ball in the back of the net". We've not been in any hard situations because we're two adults and we talk'. Wayne is so level-headed. I have a one-year contract. "They did then, I don't know if they exist as much now". "It's done, it's there", he said.

"If they don't play well, you can't select them".