Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Wayne Rooney has requested a transfer away from Manchester United for a second time.
Speculation over Rooney’s future and his impending departure from United was further fuelled on Sunday afternoon when the English striker was left out of the matchday squad to do battle against Swansea.
Speculation in recent days has linked Rooney with moves to Paris St Germain, Bayern Munich or Chelsea.
Ferguson, though, revealed that the club have turned down his request leave and explained why he left the striker out of his last home match at Old Trafford.
“I don't think Wayne Rooney was keen to play, simply because he's asked for a transfer,” Ferguson has been reported as saying.
“I think he wants to think things through in his own mind. I think that's a good idea. We're not going to let him go.
“I think he's maybe a bit frustrated at being taken off once or twice in the past few weeks.”
Speaking after his side’s 2-1 win over Swansea on Sunday, though, Ferguson said the decision is now out of his hands as he steps down as the United manager.
“It is not my decision now,” said Ferguson.
That headache is more than likely to fall on the shoulders of David Moyes who is set to take over the reins at the Red Devils following Ferguson’s departure.