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Wayne Rooney will stay, says Avram Grant

Grant believes a move for Rooney would be detrimental to United (©GettyImages)
Grant believes a move for Rooney would be detrimental to United (©GettyImages).

Wayne Rooney remains too good to leave Manchester United, says the man who took Chelsea to their first UEFA Champions League final, Avram Grant.

Rooney reportedly handed in a transfer request to then-coach Sir Alex Ferguson towards the end of last season and is believed to be looking for a new club after newly appointed manager David Moyes appeared to bring his first-team status into question.

But Grant, the former Stamford Bridge executive and caretaker manager, has claimed that it would be a mistake for the Premier League holders to sell one of their top goalscorers to a major rival, despite him being 'angry' and 'confused' at the Red Devils.

"Wayne Rooney can play at any big club," Grant said of the 27-year-old striker, who was a vital part of the United side that beat the Blues on penalties to become European champions in May 2008.

"I think [a move] would be good for Chelsea," Grant determined.

But the Israeli boss expressed doubt as to whether United would let Rooney stay in the Premier League, if he were to abandon his eight-year Old Trafford tenure: "On paper he looks like a very promising player but I don't know if it will happen.

"I think [a move] would be good for Chelsea but not good for Manchester United. He's at a very good age. He's won a lot of titles and he has scored a lot of goals as a key player at Man United," Grant explained in an interview with talkSPORT radio.

Meanwhile, returning Blues chief Jose Mourinho has claimed that the England international is Chelsea's only transfer target at present, while the club is yet to submit a revised bid from the offer of around £20 million that was rejected on Tuesday.

 

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