Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed striker Wayne Rooney wants to leave the club.
Rooney's future has been the subject of intense speculation over the last few days following reports that the England striker was unprepared to sign a new contract.
In an interview with MUTV, Ferguson said: "David (Gill, chief executive) in the early part of the summer had opened talks with his agent and that was to be continued after the World Cup."
Ferguson continued: "I was in the office on August 14 and David phoned me to say he wasn't signing a contract.
"I was dumbfounded. Only months before he was saying he was at the greatest club in the world.
"I asked to have a meeting with the boy. He reiterated what his agent said, that he wanted to go."
Ferguson denied reports that he and the player had fallen out, and revealed his irritation that Rooney had denied having an ankle injury.
"We've not had any argument," he said. "You have to understand the mechanics of these situations when someone wants to leave the club. It's an easy one to say you've fallen out with the manager."
Just hours before Ferguson's much-anticipated Tuesday press conference, Rooney was carried off on a stretcher during United's morning training session.
Although Rooney did complete the first part of the session - which is open to the media - once the cameras had left he suffered an ankle injury that means he will miss Wednesday's Champions League encounter with Bursaspor at Old Trafford.
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