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Allardyce rejects Rooney request rumours

Everton boss Sam Allardyce is adamant Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave following talk of a move to DC United.

The 32-year-old returned to Goodison Park last summer but has endured a mixed campaign, often being forced to switch position during what has been a tough campaign for the Toffees.

Reports throughout the week have suggested a £12m deal with DC United has been agreed in principle for Rooney to move to Audi Field in the summer.

Allardyce insists the former England captain is not the instigator of the rumours though, adding that although negotiations have taken place, the player himself has not requested to be released from the final year of his contract.

"My understanding is there seems to have been some negotiation along the line but as for clarity as to whether Wayne is staying or going we'll see later on," Allardyce said.

"I don't get involved in transfers but there seems to be an interest from DC United. Only when I speak to him today I'll find out where the situation lies.

"I'm comfortable with any player who wants to leave but let's get this clear. Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave and neither has Wayne Rooney had a confrontation with me.

"We have not been in any difficult situations with me. We are two adults and we talk."

Everton round off their campaign on Sunday when they travel to Allardyce's former club West Ham.

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