HONG KONG (AFP) - Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton expects striker Wayne Rooney to stay at the club and hopes he will go on to beat his goal-scoring record.
Rooney's future at Old Trafford has been in doubt since the end of last season when now-retired manager Alex Ferguson said the England forward had asked for a transfer.
Rooney denies that but is said to be "angry and confused" and has been the subject of a big-money bid from Chelsea. United say they do not want to sell the 27-year-old.
Charlton, now a United director, told Sky Sports in Hong Kong, where the club are on tour: "Wayne Rooney is a Manchester United player and I think that he will continue to be a Manchester United player.
"I don't like losing really, really good players and he is a really great player.
"I was hoping one day that he might score as many goals as I had and that would have been really nice if it was at our club - and I'm still thinking that way."
Injury has kept Rooney out of United's pre-season tour of Asia and Australia, but United manager David Moyes on Sunday said the forward was on track to return for a friendly in Sweden on Aug 6.
Rooney's tally of 197 goals is 52 short of Charlton's club record.