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Chelsea dealt bitter transfer blow

Manchester United Striker Wayne Rooney

Manchester United are prepared to risk keeping an unhappy player at the club, after telling Chelsea they have no hope of signing Wayne Rooney this summer, according to the Guardian. 

The England forward has been at the centre of a bitter transfer saga that has gone on for the entire summer, which has seen Chelsea have two official offers for the player rejected.

Despite the likelihood of Jose Mourinho returning with a third bid, United have remained adamant in their stance that Rooney will not be sold to a direct Premier League rival.

Their stance is likely to come as a bitter blow to Chelsea, with manager Jose Mourinho thinking a deal to bring the 27-year-old to Stamford Bridge was likely to be completed with a bit of patience.

Chelsea have made two offers for the forward already, one which consisted of £23million and the other that consisted of £25million. The West London club appeared convinced United would eventually part with a player whose relationship with the club appeared so fractured, but now it seems United are preparing to ensure Rooney stays put.

David Moyes is expected to make a public appeal in the coming days to United supporters to remember the nine years of service Rooney has offered the club, in a bid to prevent the forward receiving a hostile reception at Old Trafford.

However with Moyes aware the forward simply does not want to be at the club any longer, he faces a tough challenge to get him back to his best in a United shirt.

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