London - Everton manager Sam Allardyce said on Friday Wayne
Rooney has not asked to leave the club despite reports he has agreed a
"deal in principle" to move to the United States.
Rooney has reportedly agreed a $17 million deal with Major
League Soccer side DC United that would see the 32-year-old leave his boyhood
club just 12 months after re-joining them from Manchester United.
But it is understood that he has not yet decided whether he
will leave Everton as he is waiting for uncertainty over Allardyce's position
to be resolved.
"My understanding is there seems to have been some
negotiation along the line but as for clarity as to whether Wayne is staying or
going we'll see later on," said the manager.
"I don't get involved in transfers but there seems to
be an interest from DC United. Only when I speak to him today I'll find out
where the situation lies.
"I'm comfortable with any player who wants to leave but
let's get this clear, Wayne Rooney hasn't asked to leave."
Allardyce, who has had a troubled relationship with
Everton's fans, who are unhappy at his style of play, said: "Wayne is a
special player but if any player wants to leave they can, in my opinion.
Whether they can or can't is another matter.
"The headline isn't 'Sam says Wayne Rooney can leave if
he wants to'. If any player wants to leave they can go. I don't want to create
Asked whether he was surprised negotiations had already
taken place, Allardyce replied: "No, it is not my responsibility any more
to be at that level of negotiations.
"The game has changed massively in the last few years.
Those areas of negotiations are taken out of a manager's hands now.
"In the old days managers would be involved in every
negotiation and every transfer, that is not the case anymore."