Rooney 'hasn't asked to leave', says Allardyce

Jose Mourinho paid tribute to Wayne Rooney's career in England as the striker looks set to join MLS side DC United

"I experienced the Wayne Rooney saga in my short period of time with the England camp, and it's all: "Why is Wayne Rooney doing this, why is he doing that".

The talented forward originally left his boyhood club in 2004 as an 18-year-old before spending 13 glittering seasons with Manchester United, winning five Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League in 2008.

The 32-year-old former England global looks set to play his last game in the Premier League this Sunday - with a £12m move to MLS side DC United agreed in principle.

Formed in 1996, United were one of the original 10 charter clubs in MLS.

"I don't get involved with anything regarding transfers in or out or negotiations but I know there appears to be an interest from DC united but where Wayne lies in it I can't tell you until I've spoken to him".

"I've always looked at Wayne Rooney as someone who just wants to play football, wants to get on the ball, touch the ball 40, 50, 60, 70 times and sometimes that has been his Achilles heel".

Everton boss Sam Allardyce insisted Rooney has not put in a transfer request and Walcott - who joined the Toffees from Arsenal in January - hopes to see his team-mate remain at Goodison Park. "Where that lies and where Wayne lies with it I can't tell you at the moment".

At the recent Everton awards night, the Dixies, he collected the Goal of the Season award and the Individual Performance of the Season trophy for his hat-trick display against West Ham.

Meanwhile, Allardyce was asked about his own future on Friday, with certain sections of Everton's support unhappy with 63-year-old's management since arriving in November.

"I have a contract - a one-year contract". I don't want to create the headline."Asked whether he was surprised negotiations had already taken place, Allardyce replied: "No, it is not my responsibility any more to be at that level of negotiations. It's done, it's there", he said".

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