Coach Allardyce says Rooney hasn't asked to leave Everton

Aubrey Yates
May 14, 2018

Theo Walcott would love Wayne Rooney to stay at Everton as the former England captain weighs up a switch to DC United in MLS.

Allardyce was asked about the proposed deal between the Washington-based MLS side and his Everton forward in his pre-match press conference and gave his reflections on the situation.

The Washington Post, citing an unnamed source close to DC United, reported that the chances of Rooney coming to the USA capital are "50-50" and that no formal agreement had been reached.

DC United coach Ben Olsen has confirmed the club's interest in signing Wayne Rooney but Everton boss Sam Allardyce says the player has not asked to leave. Click any of these buttons below!

It is understood Rooney has been offered a contract until the end of the 2020 MLS season.

Rooney has scored 208 Premier League goals in 491 games for both Everton, where he began his career, and Man United were he ended a 13-year stay in 2017.

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While Rooney remains top of the Toffees' goalscoring charts, with 11 to his name this season, he hasn't netted since mid-December and it's been suggested that he is eager to leave Goodison Park this summer.

Rooney is believed to have agreed the move "in principle" but the move is not completely finalised.

Rooney left Everton's training ground early on Friday, although the club later said he has a knee injury and was receiving treatment before leaving around midday.

Allardyce said "Wayne is a special player but if any player wants to leave they can, in my opinion".

"I don't get involved in anything with regards transfers so all I know is there appears to be interest from D.C. United".

"Wayne is the leading goalscorer but quite a few of those are penalties so that is the main aim if you are going to finish higher in the league". They are keen for Rooney's arrival to coincide with the unveiling of their new arena - the Audi Field Stadium - on July 14.

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