Sir Alex Ferguson has laughed off suggestions Wayne Rooney will leave Manchester United this summer, saying that there is nothing in recent speculation surrounding the striker's long-term future.

TalkSPORT reports how the 27-year-old has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, amid rumours of growing unrest that stemmed from Rooney's omission from the starting line-up for United's crucial Champions League last-16 second leg clash with Real Madrid.

Paris Saint-Germain have been sounded out as a potential destination for the England international with a leading commentator in France even intimating that the transfer was already a "done deal".

However, Ferguson rubbished such claims in his pre-match press conference ahead of Monday's clash with Aston Villa, adding that Rooney remains happy at Manchester United, but refused to confirm or deny whether the former Everton star is set for a bumper new deal.

"I don't think there is anything in that at all," he said. "I couldn't tell you about that [contract talks]."

Rooney was substituted midway through the second half of Wednesday night's 2-2 draw with West Ham at Upton Park, after an under-par performance by the Manchester United striker's high standards, but Ferguson insisted that nothing should be read into it.

"As far as taking him off the other night it was simple - he wasn't playing as well as Shinji Kagawa was.

"In so many games Wayne Rooney is better than most players. But on the night Shinji was playing so well."


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