Ferguson dismisses Rooney to PSG reports

Updated: Apr 19, 2013, 16:43 PM IST

London: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed speculation linking Wayne Rooney with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, but was coy on a possible new contract for the striker.

Goal.com revealed the England international told team-mates he could soon leave the Premier League champions-elect after being left out of the Champions League quarter-final loss to Real Madrid in March - while PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi played down and director Leonardo rejected talk of a switch.

Rooney has fallen down the club`s pecking order in recent months, with summer recruit and top goalscorer Robin van Persie becoming the focal attacking point at United - but his boss has rubbished the transfer speculation.

"I couldn`t tell you about new contract talks," Ferguson told reporters. "[But] I don`t think there is anything in it [the PSG link]."

Rooney is two-and-a-half years into a five-year deal at Old Trafford, signed following an infamous U-turn after calling United`s ability to attract top players into question.

The England international was subbed against West Ham following an ineffectual 71 minutes as his side twice went behind before salvaging a draw, but Sir Alex insists the change was purely down to tactics.

"As far as taking him off the other night, it was simple; he wasn`t playing as well as Shinji Kagawa was," the 71-year-old added. "In so many games Wayne Rooney is better than most players. But on the night Shinji was playing so well.

"The ironic thing was, when we were chasing a goal with 14 minutes left, I decided to put Chicharito on and Shinji made the second goal.

"I`d already given the fourth official the card, Chicha was standing on the touchline and then we scored the second goal. I think if I`d have changed my decision then we would have won it.

"Shinji was doing really well but unfortunately he came off. Chicha came on simply because you always think he`ll get a chance in the game. At that point we wanted to win it and if you make decisions like that that mabye are not fair."