Transfer news: Wayne Rooney accepts Chelsea move is off - but tension lingers at Manchester United

Striker still has unresolved issues with the club but realises they are not going to sell him to Chelsea

Wayne Rooney has accepted that he will not leave Manchester United this summer and will not push the issue any further this week with a transfer request, although it is understood that the player believes there remain unresolved issues between him and the club.

In private, the response to Jose Mourinho's ultimatum on Monday night that Rooney should make clear his intentions within "24, 48 hours" has been that the player accepts the status quo for now. He will not push any harder for a transfer before the window closes on Monday night; in fact, he has as yet to utter any word in public on the subject, although there is no doubt as to his original intention to join Chelsea this summer.

Rooney is well aware that there is complete unity between United's manager, David Moyes, executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, and the club's owners, the Glazers, that he will not be sold to Chelsea at any price this week despite having only two years left on his contract. As a result he feels he cannot burn his bridges at United by pushing hard for a transfer in the last week of the window.

Nevertheless, he still has issues over what he regards as unfair treatment in recent months, chiefly the assertion by the former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, now a director, after the last game at Old Trafford last season that Rooney asked for a transfer. Moyes' remark during United's summer tour that Rooney would be a back-up for when Robin van Persie is injured is less of a concern.

After United's game against Chelsea on Monday night Moyes said that the quality of Rooney's performance had not surprised him and that the player was looking "leaner" than he had done in the recent past. The United approach has not changed towards Rooney throughout the summer. They hope that he will rediscover his affinity for the club and potentially sign a new contract, but losing him for free would be preferable to selling him to Chelsea.

It is United's view that, whatever the financial disadvantage of losing Rooney for nothing in two years' time, it would be far outweighed in what they would lose in terms of prestige, not to mention the advantage on the pitch, were they to sell him to Chelsea this summer.

After the match on Monday, the United defender Nemanja Vidic, said that there had never been any doubt that Rooney would get the positive reception from the home fans at Old Trafford that he received on Monday night. "The supporters have always supported the players," he said. "Wayne is no different. Wayne has been supported throughout the years. I don't think there was a question he would have been supported. He has scored so many goals and won so many trophies. I expected him to receive a good reception."

It leaves Chelsea with some more work to do in the transfer market before Monday. The club expect to sell Demba Ba, whom they regard as having been a huge disappointment since his arrival in January. At the very least they expect the player, who did not even travel with the squad for the game in Manchester, will go out on loan. There have been talks with Anzhi Makhachkala over Samuel Eto'o, 32, with a provisional deal in place for the possibility that Rooney would not sign.

Buy now, sell later for Levy

Gareth Bale's move to Real continues to drag on with Spurs' chairman, Daniel Levy, determined to sign his replacements, including the Roma winger Erik Lamela, before he sanctions the sale.

Lamela, 21, and the Steaua Bucharest defender Vlad Chiriches, 23, are Spurs' immediate targets. Spurs feel the Bale deal will be done – there will be no discussion of a move to another club – although they refuse to say so until they have made acquisitions. Bale did not train with Spurs today but there are no issues around his absence.

Sam Wallace

News
The cartoon produced by Bruce MacKinnon for the Halifax Chronicle-Herald on Thursday, showing the bronze soldiers of the war memorial in Ottawa welcoming Corporal Cirillo into their midst
news
News
The Edge and his wife, Morleigh Steinberg, at the Academy Awards in 2014
peopleGuitarist faces protests over plan to build mansions in Malibu
Voices
Nigel Farage has backed DJ Mike Read's new Ukip song
voicesNigel Farage: Where is the Left’s outrage over the sexual abuse of girls in the North of England?
Life and Style
The Zinger Double Down King, which is a bun-less burger released in Korea
food + drinkKFC unveils breadless meat beast
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?