Robin van Persie has joined teammate Darren Fletcher in publicly announcing his hopes that the unsettled Wayne Rooney stays at Old Trafford.

Rooney's future has been one of the most visceral talking points of the summer transfer window thus far, as the 27-year-old is pursued by Mourinho's Chelsea, who have seen two bids rejected by Moyes.

Moyes has been adamant in his reluctance to let the striker leave Old Trafford, where he has made over 400 appearances, scoring 197 goals. 

However, the Scot's remarks that Rooney's position in the squad is one potentially of an understudy to last season's top scorer Van Persie, are said to have infuriated the Englishman.

Van Persie has now spoken to the media, expressing his desire to play alongside the 83-times capped England international.

Talking to the Sun, the Dutchman said: "Everyone wants Wayne to stay and deep down I think he feels the same.

"One of the reasons I joined Manchester United was to play with Wayne.

"I hope he stays. Not only is he a great goalscorer, he does so much work across the pitch.

"He hates to lose and that's why you see him one minute pressing for goal, the next minute defending ferociously. He is an asset to any team.

"He will come good again. He is a strong lad."

The comments follow the announcement that Rooney will not be playing a part in Sunday's Community Shield contest against FA Cup winners Wigan due to a shoulder injury, though the 27-year-old has still been called up by England manager Roy Hodgson for their friendly against Scotland next Wednesday.

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