English Premiership

Moyes makes Rooney revelation

2015-04-20 09:45
Wayne Rooney (AFP)
Wayne Rooney (AFP)

Cape Town - David Moyes has revealed that Chelsea were close to signing Manchester United's talisman, Wayne Rooney, in 2013. 

In the aftermath of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, Jose Mourinho almost managed to sign England forward Wayne Rooney as David Moyes began life at Old Trafford fighting to keep a player who he handed him his league debut.

"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, according to the Independent.

"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."

Rooney has since been named club captain by Moyes' replacement, Louis van Gaal, and has rediscovered his goalscoring form for the Red Devils. 

Moyes, who now manages Real Sociedad, last just ten months in charge of Manchester United before being sacked with a couple of league games left in the season. 

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