Rooney should stay at Manchester United, says Wilkins

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Former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins has told Wayne Rooney to stay at Old Trafford.

Premier League champions Manchester United have flatly rejected two bids by title rivals Chelsea for Rooney and have reiterated their stance that the 27-year-old is not for sale.

However, several media outlets are reporting that the England international is in favour of a summer move to Stamford Bridge.

Wilkins - who was a member of the Chelsea coaching team between 2008 and 2010 - has said Rooney should remain at Old Trafford.

Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, Wilkins said: “It shouldn’t end this way, it’s getting horrible.

“I’ve said it in the past and I’ll say it again. Once you leave Manchester United there’s only one way you’re going.

“Man United are in the top three biggest clubs on the planet, therefore they will always buy and buy and buy because they always want to be successful.

“If you want to win things then there’s no better club to be at than Manchester United.

“So what if you’ve got a bit of competition with Robin van Persie, it’s healthy. 

"He should stand up to the plate and show these people what he's made of. He’s got so much wonderful football left in him."

Despite Wilkins telling Rooney to reject Chelsea in favour of staying at Manchester United, the Sky Sports pundit believes Rooney may be ready for his 'second coming'.

The 56-year-old also said Manchester United cannot sell Rooney to a Premier League rival.

“If I was David Moyes there’s no way I would sell him to anyone in England,” added Wilkins. 

“I’m sorry – he’d have to go abroad. I would love him to join Chelsea though. 

"I would love nothing more than to see Wayne Rooney wearing that blue shirt.

“I just think he’s ready for his second coming, he’s 27-years-old and if for some strange outcome he stays in England, then Wayne is ready to start again.

“Man United would be crazy to do that though, they shouldn’t sell him to one of their closest rivals.”

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