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Wayne Rooney is not for sale, says David Moyes

New Manchester United coach ready to 'knuckle down'.

New Manchester United manager David Moyes.
New Manchester United manager David Moyes.

New Manchester United manager David Moyes has confirmed Wayne Rooney is not for sale after facing the media for the first time in his Old Trafford reign yesterday.

Rooney's future has been the focus of much speculation this summer and has cast a huge shadow over the early stages of Moyes's tenure as he replaces Sir Alex Ferguson.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain have all been touted as suitors for the England international but Moyes has categorically stated the England striker will stay at Old Trafford.

"Wayne is not for sale," he said. "He's a Manchester United player and he will remain a Manchester United player."

Moyes also managed the 28-year-old striker during his time at Everton and believes he can get the best out of him.

"I've been fortunate, I've known Wayne since he was 16," Moyes said. "I've had several meetings with Wayne. He's training brilliantly well. He's come back in good shape and I'm really looking forward to working with him.

"We have spoken several times and as far as I've seen it, whatever happened before has gone.

"We are working together now. I see a glint in his eye, he looks happy and if he is saying I'm going to knuckle down and get it right - let's not kid ourselves.

"He's a terrific player and let me reiterate: he's not for sale."

Moyes also distanced himself from any meeting between Rooney and his predecessor Ferguson about a possible departure for the forward from Old Trafford.

"There was a private meeting between two people and I was not privy to that. I'm now looking at it in my period at Man United," Moyes said. "If I was Wayne, you look at the legends that have played for this club. I could see George Best, Bobby Charlton, Roy Keane and I thought Wayne isn't too far away from that. It's not too difficult to get the goals and he could be near to that."

Meanwhile, Nicolas Anelka plans to end his career at West Bromwich Albion.

The 34-year-old former France international signed a one-year deal at The Hawthorns on Thursday with the option of a further 12 months, and is hoping to see out his footballing days in England.

The former Arsenal, Real Madrid and Chelsea striker told the West Brom's official website: "I think I will finish in England, I'm happy here. I also hope that it will be with this club. I think this is the right club for me.

"I'm 34 years old now and I want to enjoy my football. I hope everything will be perfect.

"I hope we will be successful this year and hopefully we will reach Europe. We will try to do better than last season."

Anelka's relationship with the Baggies manager Steve Clarke, who he also worked with at Chelsea, proved key in his decision to return to England from his short spell at Juventus.

He said: "I know the club and I know the head coach, which was very important for me.

"He knows how to use me on the pitch, which is important later on in your career.

"I know he likes to play football and that's why I signed here. He knows me and I know him. I also have friends in the changing room."