Manchester United manager David Moyes says Wayne Rooney injured his hamstring before the club's preseason tour to Asia and Australia and dismissed suggestions the striker is set to leave the club.
Rooney returned home after only one day in Thailand and is expected to be out of action for a month, placing him in doubt for United's first match of the Premier League season against Swansea on Aug. 17.
Moyes was quoted by the BBC as saying: "It's hard to keep repeating myself. But I will do. Wayne is a Manchester United player and will remain that. Unless I was speaking double Dutch I think we said Wayne Rooney is not for sale."
Jose Mourinho, who is also in Thailand with his Chelsea team, said that he liked Rooney and his fast and direct style, but stopped short of confirming interest in him.
Moyes said that it was not surprising that managers are asked about players at other clubs and said that he didn't think Mourinho was being mischievous.
"People are entitled to talk about good players. I'm getting asked plenty of questions about Wayne so I'm sure Jose will be getting asked about lots of players as well," the Scot said.
Moyes says Rooney "felt his hamstring tighten up right at the end of training" on the day the team went on tour, and that after it arrived a scan revealed "a small grade one injury."
Rooney's early return provoked further speculation about his future. The 27-year-old England international has been linked with a transfer away from the club.
With inputs from Agencies
Published Date: Jul 12, 2013 08:26 pm | Updated Date: Jul 12, 2013 08:26 pm