Rio wants Rooney to stay

Rio Ferdinand has urged Wayne Rooney to remain at Old Trafford for the forthcoming season and beyond, the Independent understands.

The defender, 34, has been with Manchester United since signing from Leeds United back in 2002, and has been rewarded with a testimonial, which will take place at Old Trafford next month.

He is keen to end his career with the current Premier League champions, and would like to see Rooney do the same.

The striker has been linked with a move away from Manchester since the end of last season, though David Moyes was quick to deny that the England international was for sale during his first press conference as Manchester United manager last Friday.

Meanwhile, The Telegraph have reported that the club are preparing an increased offer for Everton defender Leighton Baines after seeing their initial approach rejected by the Merseyside club.

The Toffee’s are holding out for around £20million for the defender, who is keen to establish himself as England’s first choice left-back ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, assuming the Three Lions qualify.

Elsewhere, Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway expects Wilfred Zaha to be part of United’s fist team plans next season following speculation that the winger could be loaned out again, the Independent understands.

Zaha, who trained with the first team for the first time yesterday, signed for United from Palace in January, but was sent back to the Eagles for remainder of last season.