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Gill: I expect Rooney to stick with United

Outgoing Manchester United chief executive David Gill expects Wayne Rooney to start the 2013-14 season with the Premier League champions.

The 27-year-old striker has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford after retiring manager Alex Ferguson – who will be replaced by Everton boss David Moyes in July – claimed the player had submitted a second transfer request in nearly three years.

The club later revealed the request had been turned down with talks over a new contract well under way. New UEFA member Gill insisted "every bit of work" is being done to prolong the England international's nine-year stint in Manchester. Speaking at UEFA's Congress in London yesterday, Gill said: "As Alex said at his last press conference, that's an issue for David Moyes (pictured) and the new team, but I'm confident he'll be there next season.

"I think he's a great, great player at a great, great club and the club doesn't want to lose its star player.

"I'm sure every bit of work is being taken with Wayne and his advisors to ensure that happens. I'm not a betting man, but I'm confident I'll sit at Old Trafford next season and see Wayne Rooney running out."

Liverpool-born Rooney agreed a five-year contract, running to June 2015, after changing his mind over leaving the club in October 2010.

Moyes is weighing up a move for Everton star Marouane Fellaini. The midfielder has a £24million (?28million) release clause, but that is not thought to be a barrier to any deal for the incoming Manchester United manager.

Moyes is still assessing the United squad, though the Scot is keen to strengthen midfield.

Paul Scholes's retirement, Anderson's unconvincing form and the uncertain future of Darren Fletcher have left United with only Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley, plus the 39-year-old Ryan Giggs, as their front-line central midfielders.

Despite Fellaini operating at times in the Number 10 position, from where he scored Everton's winner against United in the opening match of the season, Moyes views him as a deep-lying midfielder.

Meanwhile, United revealed yesterday that they are to part company with coaches Mike Phelan and Eric Steele.

Moyes said in a statement: "I would like to put on record the club's thanks for everything Mike and Eric have done. I will be looking to appoint my own members of coaching staff at some point in the future."


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