Roberto Mancini: 'It would be difficult for Wayne Rooney to leave'

Mancini plays down Rooney interest
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Roberto Mancini says that it would be "difficult" for Wayne Rooney to leave Manchester United at the end of the season.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has claimed that it would be "difficult" for Wayne Rooney to leave Manchester United in the summer.

There had been rumours that the England international would be shown the door at Old Trafford after he was dropped to the bench for United's Champions League defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Following the speculation, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that the 27-year-old will not be sold at the end of the season.

Rooney was previously linked with a switch to fierce rivals City before signing a new contract at Old Trafford, but Mancini has played down a summer swoop for the frontman.

"I understand that Rooney could be upset that he didn't play [against Real Madrid] but these things can happen in every team," the Italian said in a press conference. "I think that Rooney's one of the best striker's in Europe but I think that it's difficult that he can leave Manchester United."

Rooney currently has two years left on his contract at United.

United's Wayne Rooney celebrates equalising against Southampton on January 30, 2013
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