Former Manchester United manager, David Moyes says striker almost joined Chelsea

Moyes has lifted the lid on the transfer saga which surrounded Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney in 2013


Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed that current club captain, Wayne Rooney almost joined Chelsea in 2013.

Wayne Rooney fell out with Sir Alex Fergusson during the Scot's last season as manger of Manchester United and was ready to dumped the club for league rivals, Chelsea.

Moyes who moved to the club from Everton at the beginning of the 2013-14 season has now revealed that he had to fight hard to keep the forward from leaving.

"Chelsea were close to taking him," Moyes who was sacked just 10 months in charge and now coach of La Liga side Real Sociedad told The Sunday Times.

"Jose was interested but we wouldn't do any business. I had to fight to make sure he stayed - and was at the heart, again, of what Manchester United were going to be moving forward."

Moyes gave Rooney his senior debut while at Everton but felt that he needed to revitalise the striker once they were reunited at Old Trafford.

"I felt he'd lost a bit of his fight," the Sociedad boss noted.

"The thing about Wayne was he was always a fighter; he's a technically terrific footballer, can do anything with the ball, but behind it he's a tough boy, a street fighter in his football, and I felt he'd lost a bit of that.

"I think he agreed and probably thought: 'Wait a minute, I have to go back to being a bit more aggressive, a bit more myself.


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