Robin van Persie: 'Everyone wants Wayne Rooney to stay'

Van Persie: 'Everyone wants Rooney stay'
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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie insists everyone at the club is desperate for Wayne Rooney to stay, amid speculation over his future.

Robin van Persie has insisted that everyone at the club wants Wayne Rooney to remain at Manchester United.

Rooney has been the subject of transfer speculation all summer, amid interest from Chelsea.

"Everyone wants Wayne to stay," Van Persie told The Sun. "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 and 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."

Rooney will not be part of the United squad that will take on Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield today.

Wigan Athletic players celebrate on the pitch after beating Manchester City to win the FA Cup on May 11, 2013
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