RvP keen for Rooney to stay
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie thinks that "deep down" Wayne Rooney wants to remain with the Premier League champions.
The England international's Old Trafford future has been up in the air ever since former manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed in May that he had asked to leave.
Rooney's situation remains unclear three months on, with new manager David Moyes yet to call on the 27-year-old, who will also miss today's Community Shield with Wigan.
Chelsea have made two unsuccessful bids for Rooney, who was understood to be "angry and confused" at comments made by Moyes that Van Persie is his number-one attacking option.
But the Dutchman hopes that Rooney can work a way through whatever issues he may have.
He told The Sun: "Everyone wants Wayne to stay and deep down I think he feels the same.
"One of the reasons I joined Manchester United was to play with Wayne.
"I hope he stays. Not only is he a great goalscorer, he does so much work across the pitch.
"He hates to lose - that's why you see him one minute pressing for goal, the next minute defending ferociously. He is an asset to any team.
"He will come good again. He is a strong lad."