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Gary Neville is desperate to see Wayne Rooney stay at Old Trafford.
If Eto’o did sign for Chelsea, that would seemingly reduce—or even erase entirely—the prospect of Wayne Rooney getting the move for which he is pining. The 27-year-old is currently away on England duty, where the mere fact of being near Roy Hodgson (or away from David Moyes, as the case may be) seems to have cured some of his recent injury ills.
Because of injury, Rooney was unable to take part in the Community Shield (or, prior to that, United’s preseason tour of Asia), but he should make a miraculous recovery in time to play against Scotland at Wembley.
On Rooney's injury, Hodgson is quoted by ESPN as saying:
It's difficult to assess with the naked eye how match-fit people are, but there's no doubt in my mind that he's not suffering from a physical injury.
It will be interesting to get the feedback from our training sessions and we can see how he looks. We'll speak with Wayne tomorrow morning.
However, there was a note of caution: "Since he's got over the injuries he's not been able to train as intensively as we did today, so we'll see how that pans out.”
With Rooney’s future still up for debate, two former United players are in agreement that he cannot be sold. Both Gary Neville and Dwight Yorke have implored the former Everton man to remain where he is.
Neville told the Daily Mail:
Manchester United, at this moment in time, would be mad to sell him. Along with Robin van Persie, he has been the most successful player in terms of goals and assists in the last five years of the Premier League.
He is a massive contributor to games and you can't replace personalities. There are very few personalities in football now, big personalities, fighters, he is one of them.
Yorke chimed in to the Daily Star: “I just simply feel that United can’t afford to let him leave. Not just to Chelsea but to anybody. I think he is that valuable a player.”