Coach Allardyce says Rooney hasn't asked to leave Everton

Jose Mourinho paid tribute to Wayne Rooney's career in England as the striker looks set to join MLS side DC United

The Everton manager confirmed on Friday that negotiations had taken place over a move to DC United for Rooney, who has another year on his contract plus a 12-month option that can be activated by the club.

The former England striker has made 40 appearances for Everton this season after returning from Manchester United last summer, scoring 11 times in those games.

'The deal is not done but there is some interest from our end, ' DC United coach Ben Olsen told American website TMZ.

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Rooney's agent Paul Stretford is said to have been in the US with talks at an advanced stage between the player's representative and the Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit.

When first asked about the deal, Olson told reporters in the United States: "I don't know what you're talking about".

Everton ace Theo Walcott hopes his team-mate stays at Goodison Park this summer.

"But in terms of clarity of whether Wayne is staying or leaving, I'll find out a little more later when he comes into training", the former England manager added.

"Wayne is his own man and whatever is decided, it's not decided by me, it's decided by Everton Football Club, collectively, and it's decided by Wayne and his agent and what they want to do", The Telegraph quote him as saying.

Wayne Rooney has dominated the headlines in the past 48 hours, with speculation suggesting that he is set to quit the Premier League.

"But if he does choose to go on I just need to wish him all the best really, him and his family".

"However, let's wait and see".

The Englishman is well loved by the club's supporters but his class doesn't impress many others who perhaps don't watch him on a regular basis.

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