Manchester United legend Bryan Robson hopes Rooney will stay

Rooney's future has been the subject of intense debate since Sir Alex Ferguson claimed the striker had expressed a desire to quit the club at the end of last season.

It has since been established Rooney did not lodge a formal transfer request but rather, in what he thought was a private discussion with Ferguson, merely suggested whether that would be the best course of action for all parties given the obvious breakdown in their relationship.

Ferguson's continued presence in the background at United - he personally chose David Moyes as his successor - has been cited as one of the reasons why Rooney feels it would be impossible for him to continue.

Chelsea have already had two bids turned down for the 27-year-old, with Rooney apparently keen to link up with Jose Mourinho, who has made him the Blues number one remaining transfer target.

For their part, United insist he will not be sold.

And Robson, who spent 13 years with the Red Devils and is now a club ambassador, is struggling to work out why Rooney feels he cannot work under Moyes.

"I don't know what's in the head of Wayne and his agent - why he wants to leave," Robson told talkSPORT.

"I know he had loggerheads with Sir Alex but David Moyes is the manager now.

"To me it is so important for him to concentrate on his football this season.

Source: PA

Source: PA