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Wayne Rooney wants to play up front if he is to stay at Manchester United.

Arsenal, Chelsea and French champions Paris Saint-Germain are watching developments with the England striker, who is set for talks over his future with incoming United manager David Moyes.

Rooney maintains that he does not want the deep-lying midfield role he often played for the Old Trafford giants last season under now-retired manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

He said: “No. In the years to come, that might be somewhere I could play, but, right now, I’m definitely a centre-forward. I’m after more goals.”

Rooney held talks with Ferguson late last season about his role, when he also became disenchanted at being substituted regularly.

In contrast, when the 27-year-old spearheaded England’s 4-3-3 formation against Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, he scored one sensational goal and teed up Alex Oxlade Chamberlain for another in the 2-2 draw.

Speaking in the July edition of FourFourTwo magazine, Rooney said: “I’ve played up front on my own a few times for Manchester United and it’s a role I’m very comfortable with and have no problems playing.

“When you play as a target man, you have to stay up front and help the team out by holding the ball up and waiting for support. That all comes with experience.

“It’s a good role for me to play, and hopefully I can continue doing well there.”

Ferguson claimed last month that, during their meeting, Rooney made a second transfer request in three years.

Rooney denies asking for a move, but fears that being played out of position and being regularly replaced during matches, together with Fergie’s comments, amount to an agenda to force him out of Old Trafford.

Source: Mirror

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