Sir Alex Ferguson has said at his Friday morning press conference that Wayne Rooney will be at Manchester United next season.
Speculation over Rooney’s future at Old Trafford has been rife after he was not named in United’s starting XI for their Champions League exit against Real Madrid on Tuesday.
The striker, who has scored 11 goals in 20 Premier League games this season, was introduced as a second-half substitute following the dismissal of Nani that helped swing the game in Real’s favour.
ESPN understands the club would be willing to listen to offers for the player this summer, but Ferguson has insisted the England international will be plying his trade at Old Trafford in the 2013-14 campaign.
Ferguson said to the assembled press ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final with Chelsea: “The Wayne Rooney issue first? Or do you want to talk sense?
“The issue you’re all going on about in the papers is absolute rubbish. I’ve banned two papers from the press conference and they won’t get back in here until they apologise.
“There is absolutely no issue between Wayne Rooney and I. To suggest we don’t talk to each other on the training ground is absolute nonsense.
“He understood the reasons for not playing him and that was completely tactical. And I think I was right. We don’t always get it right but I think we did get it right.
“Danny Welbeck is the best player we have in terms of operating in a double role. We had to choke Xabi Alonso’s ability to control the game, which Danny did, and that took away Alonso’s control of the game and his ability to go further forward and be an attacking player. We don’t always get it right but we definitely did on Tuesday.
“Wayne will be here next year. You have my word on that. I have no issues at all with the player and he’ll be involved on Sunday.”
Rooney, who signed for United from Everton for £20 million in 2004, inked a new five-year contract with the Red Devils in 2010, after announcing that he intended to leave the club amid concerns over the strength of their squad.
Manchester City have previously been mooted as potential suitors for Rooney as have affluent Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain, with the striker’s wages said to be in the region of £200,000-a-week.
Ferguson, though, appears to have ruled out a summer exit, despite numerous reports that the club would consider offers in excess of £25 million.