Chelsea came knocking and it was thought that Rooney would be Mourinho’s major summer signing, but new United boss David Moyes dug his heels in, claiming that Rooney would not be sold and when the transfer window closed, Rooney remained a United player.
And David Gill reiterated that United aren’t in the business of strengthening competitors, as seen with Gabriel Heinze in 2007:
“We are not in the business of strengthening our key competitors in England.
“You have to see our response when Gabriel Heinze wanted to join Liverpool (in 2007). We went to a Premier League arbitration panel to show that we didn’t commit to him moving within England for a certain sum of money.
“We wanted to keep (Rooney) in any event and not sell him overseas.
“You don’t win football matches with money in the bank. You want players on the pitch.
“Wayne Rooney has been, and will continue to be I am sure, a great player for Manchester United.”
On Friday Moyes was coy about offering Rooney a new deal, but speaking to Radio 5 Live, Gill went on to insist that the club would open talks with the striker who has just 2 years left on his current deal:
“Yes, I am sure they will look at it.
“We have an approach to dealing with players’ contracts at Manchester United that has stood us in good stead for many years.
“I am sure (executive vice-chairman) Ed (Woodward), (manager) David (Moyes) and the owners will continue with that policy.”