Rooney reiterated his desire to leave Old Trafford in a shattering 229-word statement released just hours before United’s Champions League clash with Bursaspor.
The 24-year-old striker, whose current deal expires at the end of next season, says his determination to leave United centres around the club’s failure to compete for the Ã¢â‚¬Å“top players in the worldÃ¢â‚¬Â.
But Ferguson, who spoke to the media following his side’s 1-0 win over Bursaspor at Old Trafford, was seemingly unimpressed with the striker’s remarks.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Is it 30 trophies IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve won, or what?Ã¢â‚¬Â asked Ferguson.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t read [the statement],Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I saw bits of it on the TV. We will have a view of it tomorrow and see where we go from there.Ã¢â‚¬Â
And when asked whether it was important not to let the saga affect team morale, Ferguson added: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Absolutely, we will probably put it to bed tomorrow. We’ve got an important game on Sunday, the players want to focus on that and so do I.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Rooney said in his statement: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I met with [chief executive] David Gill last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad. I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was interested to hear what Sir Alex had to say yesterday and surprised by some of it.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is absolutely true, as he said, that my agent and I have had a number of meetings with the club about a new contract. During those meetings in August I asked for assurances about the continued ability of the club to attract the top players in the world.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have never had anything but complete respect for MUFC. How could I not have done given its fantastic history and especially the last six years in which I have been lucky to play a part?
“For me itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all about winning trophies Ã¢â‚¬â€œ as the club has always done under Sir Alex. Because of that I think the questions I was asking were justified.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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