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Rooney 'hasn't asked to leave', Everton boss Allardyce says

12 May 2018

Rooney is due to have talks next week with Everton manager Sam Allardyce, whose own future could have an impact on the player's decision.

Rooney has not managed a goal or an assist since the 18th December and has looked far off the pace for months.

Rooney is Everton's top scorer with 11 goals this season.

However, Rooney was scoreless in the second half of the season.

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However, he did add that negotiations with the MLS club have taken place.

Nowadays, MLS seems fine with super-clubs, and European stars have migrated to teams in the biggest markets - NY and Los Angeles. However, one person close to the D.C. organization told The Washington Post that the outlook is "50-50".

He will join the likes of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Andre Pirlo and recently Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the coveted names list of people who joined the MLS in the twilight of their career. United's training grounds and stadium are in the city, but next spring, the club plans to christen a new training centre in Leesburg. It needs a calling card. His current contract with Everton will expire in 2019.

The England international's representatives have apparently been in the USA for weeks already in a bid to negotiate a deal that will see him leave his boyhood club for the second time in his career.

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The league is actually trending younger - the 111 newcomers this year are an average age of 25 - and has signed several impact players from Latin America. Allardyce continually starting Rooney only to replace him points to the ongoing uncertainty as to his best position and use. He isn't chasing the ball, he just stands and the ball will come to him.

However, Rooney reportedly has decided he wants out.

United are prepared to pay him between US$5 million and US$8 million per season, said a well-connected figure who requested anonymity to speak about the negotiations. It's unclear how much money club investors are willing to spend on upgrading the roster.

The Chinese might well be willing to pay more than $17 million. That depends on his drawing power, which I'm not really able to assess. "If they don't play well you can't select them and if they do play well they stay in the team, and that's the simple fact of the matter", said the Toffees boss.

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As a player, Rooney might not be ideal for the club. Their highest-paid player this year is Hungarian midfielder Zoltan Stieber, who is listed at US$999,999. I don't get involved in anything regarding transfers in or out or negotiations.

Rooney 'hasn't asked to leave', Everton boss Allardyce says