Wayne Rooney has not requested to leave Everton despite reports he has agreed a “deal in principle” to move to the United States, club manager Sam Allardyce said on Friday.
But the manager insinuated in a press conference that Rooney could leave the club he joined just last year if he wants to.
According to reports, the former Manchester United forward has agreed a £12.5 million ($17 million) deal with Major League Soccer side DC United.
“My understanding is there seems to have been some negotiation along the line but as for clarity as to whether Wayne is staying or going we’ll see later on,” said Allardyce.
“I don’t get involved in transfers but there seems to be an interest from DC United. Only when I speak to him today I’ll find out where the situation lies.
“I’m comfortable with any player who wants to leave but let’s get this clear, Wayne Rooney hasn’t asked to leave.”
The former England manager has had a troubled relationship with Everton fans, who are unhappy at his style of play.
Reacting to this, he said, “Wayne is a special player but if any player wants to leave they can, in my opinion. Whether they can or can’t is another matter.
“The headline isn’t ‘Sam says Wayne Rooney can leave if he wants to’. If any player wants to leave they can go. I don’t want to create the headline.”