The Mail on Sunday says the club's hand is strengthened by the fact that while it was widely known Rooney wanted away in the summer, only two teams displayed a genuine interest given the financial commitment. But Rooney's failure to put in a formal transfer request meant that neither Chelsea nor Paris St Germain could push a deal through.
And new United manager David Moyes made it clear that he would not sell to Chelsea. That will remain the case during the January transfer window.
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