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Man City boss Roberto Mancini denies talks Wayne Rooney

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

Manchester City say they are NOT in talks with Wayne Rooney despite rumours that he'll sign with them if, or when, he leaves rivals Manchester United.

After the shock news that Wayne Rooney does wants to quit Old Trafford, City manager Roberto Mancini said the club hadn't been in touch with the striker.

"There has been no contact," he said. He's a great player but it's not my problem."

He also said he thinks Rooney will end up staying with the Red Devils.

He said: "He is an important player for United and I think he will stay.

"I have respect for him, for Ferguson, for United. I want to speak only about my players."

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson says he doesn't understand why Rooney wants to go

On Tuesday, United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, said he couldn't understand why Wayne Rooney wanted to go.

Contract confusion

Rooney's current contract lasts until the summer of 2012, but at the moment it's looking unlikely that he'll stay at Old Trafford until then.

If Manchester United let him go before his contract runs out, they'll be able to make money by selling him.

If Rooney stays until the summer of 2012, he'll be able to walk away for nothing.