Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes has denied that his club have interest in signing England’s best ever goalscorer Wayne Rooney, despite betting being suspended on the move by bookmakers earlier this week.

Rooney has had a mixed year at Manchester United and has fell out of favour at Old Trafford, but according to Scholes, Stoke’s Bet365 Stadium will not be the striker’s destination this summer.

He said: “Wayne Rooney has been one of the best players of his generation. He has been, and still is, a great football player but there have been no conversations whatsoever about Wayne Rooney coming to Stoke.”

The former Everton striker became Manchester United’s highest scoring player against Stoke earlier this year, but the Potters’ chief executive is bemused by the speculation of a move for the England captain.

“That happens at this time of year. We have some speculation, some of it is based upon some truth, no smoke without fire, but other times you get wild speculation, and the Wayne Rooney one falls into the latter category.”

Rooney had previously stated that he would not leave Old Trafford for any other Premier League team apart from Everton, where he began his career in 2002.


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