Rooney has declared Cole his best friend in football, claiming they'd 'die for eachother'.
The Daily Mail says the England ace told CNN pundit Piers Morgan last summer: "He's nothing like what you guys think. Ash is a really sound guy and has been a proper friend to me. I'd take a bullet for him.
"I would! And he would for me, too. We'd die for each other!"
Last night, a United spokesman insisted: "Wayne Rooney is not for sale."