Wayne Rooney never a target for big-spending Monaco

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was never a summer transfer target for big-spending AS Monaco, the club's vice-president has confirmed.

The Ligue 1 outfit splashed close to £200 million over the summer, bringing high-profile stars such as Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Geoffrey Kondogbia to the Stade Louis II.

And with Rooney's future the subject of constant speculation throughout the summer transfer window, Monaco were linked with an ambitious swoop for the ex-Everton frontman.

Not only were the mega-rich French club eyeing a move for one of Manchester United's most prized assets, but manager Claudio Ranieri was, according to reports, facing the axe, despite guiding Monaco to promotion.

However, Monaco vice-chairman Vadim Vasilyev insists the Principality club never contemplated a bid for the England international, nor did they ever think about axing the former Chelsea boss.

As reported by the Metro, Vasilyev said: "Claudio Ranieri? We are very happy with him. The group’s state of mind is just great. It works fine.

"Did we have an interest in others coaches? No, the press said that but it was negative for the team, for Claudio and for us.

"In May, I told Ranieri he will remain our coach and I never had any contact with Mancini or any other. However coaches contacted us.

"It was the same for Rooney and Tevez, we never contacted them. There are a lot of people that spread the idea Monaco could be attracted, as it could help during their talks."

Rooney's future has since been settled and the 27-year-old striker remains central to Manchester United boss David Moyes' plans.

Having scored a brace in the 4-2 Champions League victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night, Rooney joined the elusive 200-goal club for Manchester United, putting an end to any speculation over his future.

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