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Bayern Munich not in contact with Wayne Rooney

England international wants move away from Manchester United but German club deny interest.

Wayne Rooney, the Manchester United striker, has submitted a transfer request. Alex Livesey / Getty Images
Wayne Rooney, the Manchester United striker, has submitted a transfer request. Alex Livesey / Getty Images

Matthias Sammer, the Bayern Munich sporting director, insists his club have no interest in signing Wayne Rooney, the Manchester United striker.

Sir Alex Ferguson, the outgoing United manager, confirmed over the weekend that Rooney had made a transfer request, heightening speculation over the England international's future.

Of potential foreign destinations, German champions Bayern have been the club most heavily linked with Rooney's services, but Sammer has moved to play down such talk.

"I don't know what Rooney would bring to the Bundesliga," Sammer is quoted by the Daily Telegraph as having said at the pre-Champions League final media day. "I can't answer that.

"I can answer that we have great respect for Wayne Rooney, but there has been no contact with him.

"He's not on the agenda. No, no. Absolutely not."

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