David Moyes: I had to fight to stop Wayne Rooney from joining Chelsea
Published 20/04/2015 | 14:35
Former Manchester United boss David Moyes has revealed that he had to 'fight' to keep Wayne Rooney from joining Chelsea in the summer of 2013 after Alex Ferguson's departure.
The current Real Soceidad manager began his failed 10-month tenure at Old Trafford by clinging on to Rooney who was the subject of a £40m bid from Chelsea.
The pair had been embroiled in a very public falling out from when Rooney left Everton, then managed by Moyes, to join United back in 2004.
"I look at Wayne Rooney. I gave him his professional debut aged 16 and he's now on the verge of breaking all Manchester United's scoring records," Moyes told the Sunday Times.
'It was only a short time ago that Wayne could have easily left United. But I always felt he was as good as any British player out there; wherever he plays, he's a great footballer and, most importantly, he'll always score goals.
"Now, I'm delighted for Wayne, because Chelsea were close to taking him. Jose [Mourinho] was interested but we wouldn't do any business.
"I had to fight to make sure he stayed — and was at the heart, again, of what Manchester United were going to be moving forward.”