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"In the old days managers would be involved in every negotiation and every transfer, that is not the case any more".

'Only when I speak to him later today will I find out where the situation lies.

If any player wants to leave I'm comfortable with it.

"But let's put it right, Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave".

Wayne Rooney's return to boyhood club Everton was seen as the flawless way for an England icon in the twilight of his career to see-out the remainder of his playing days.

"He's (Rooney's) had a hard time since last summer but we've all come through that, Wayne included".

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.

If Wayne Rooney decides not to join DC United and stay at Everton will they instead target West Ham United's Javier Hernandez again?

The whispers say that all is not well between the two, and that if the unpopular manager stays, then Rooney will look to leave. However, less than 12 months after going back to Goodison Park, it is being reported that the 32-year old wants to leave a year before the end of his contract.

Allardyce insists Rooney has not actually asked to leave the club, but said he would not have an issue with the former England captain departing. "Wayne is a special player but if any player wants to leave they can, in my opinion".

Reports claim Rooney has been offered a contract until the end of the 2020 season.

While Rooney's impact in his second spell at Everton has not been what he would have hoped for, Allardyce paid tribute to his professionalism.

Despite the club easing early-season relegation worries, discord between fans and new manager Sam Allardyce has made conditions hard, with the star unhappy at being withdrawn on a number of occasions in the second half of the season.

"I have a contract".

"I have a contract. The next level of recruitment has to be quality players who get into the team and make them better than they are at this moment in time". That's it. Next season is already planned.