Rooney revealed his fear that he was being forced out of Manchester United – and the role new Old Trafford manager David Moyes played in persuading him to commit the peak years of his career to the club.
The 28-year-old Rooney admitted to the Sunday Mirror: “David Moyes’ influence on me signing the new contract was absolutely massive. Certain issues did arise last season that I wasn’t happy about. But out of respect to Sir Alex Ferguson I won’t talk about what went on because as far as I’m concerned it’s all in the past.
“When David Moyes took over he made it clear to me straight away that he wanted to draw a line under last season. And the key thing was when he assured me that he had total belief in me.
“Just as important, he also told me things that I probably didn’t want to hear. He told me I had lost something from my game and that I needed to get back to basics.
“The boss reminded me about the player I was. He wanted to know what had happened to all my aggression. He said that I’d lost something important from my game – and he wanted it back.”
Rooney added: “I want to be clear about this: I have never asked the club for any input about transfers. To suggest otherwise is crazy.
“Who we buy and sell is nothing to do with me. It never has been and it never will. David Moyes is the manager and decisions like that are for him to make.”
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