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Moyes offers straight bat on Rooney, purrs over RVP

Update : 19 Jul 2013, 06:40 PM

Manchester United manager David Moyes was in no mood to discuss Wayne Rooney’s future at the club on Friday but a week’s training in Australia has certainly convinced him of Robin van Persie’s value to the team. A comment made by the Scotsman to reporters in Thailand last weekend, to the effect that Rooney was important in case anything happened to Van Persie, has left the England striker “angered and confused” about his position at Old Trafford. Premier League rivals Chelsea this week pounced to make a cash bid for the 27-year-old, who left Manchester United’s pre-season tour early to receive treatment on a hamstring injury, but the offer was rebuffed by the English champions. At a news conference ahead of Saturday’s second tour match against an A-League All-Star XI in Sydney on Friday, Moyes curtly dismissed an enquiry about Rooney’s future by saying the club’s position “hasn’t changed”. Moyes does expect to hear more news about a bid for Cesc Fabregas over the next “day or so”, however, and he waxed lyrical about the “massive” importance of the Barcelona midfielder’s former Arsenal team mate Van Persie. “I got to see him this week for the first time, and his control, his touch, his awareness... the finishing that he’s done this week,” he said, almost in awe of the skills of the Dutchman who scored 30 goals for United last season. “And I’ve really been impressed by his professionalism as well. He’s never complained about a thing, he’s got on with the work, he’s trained hard. “What we’re doing is trying to get him in a condition where he is ready to do exactly what he did last year, which was score goals for Manchester United and was a really big influence on the team and the performances. “So we’re hoping to get more of that this season.”

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