"I don't get involved in anything regarding transfers or negotiations".
"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". If the player wants to leave - if any player does - I'm comfortable with it.
Manager Sam Allardyce has said Rooney is not guaranteed a starting spot next season.
"But let's put this right, Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave. We've not been in any hard situations because we're two adults and we talk".
He has often cut a disgruntled figure under Big Sam's reign, particularly when he was substituted in last month's Merseyside derby.
Allardyce added: 'Wayne is a special player but if any player wants to leave they can, in my opinion. That's the simple fact of the matter.
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His role within the team has changed, often playing in midfield, and he has seen his pitch time reduced by a number of substitutions. If any player wants to leave they can go.
Wayne Rooney's second spell at Everton could be coming to an end.
If a deal is completed with D.C. United, Rooney would be able to play once MLS' secondary transfer window open on July 10, meaning he could be available four days later for the first game at the club's new stadium, Audi Field.
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Now a deal which will see him play in the MLS is said to be very close.
Allardyce's own situation is also uncertain following supporter unrest at recent performances but the 63-year-old showed every intention of staying at the club next season.
Asked about planning for next season, the manager replied: "I've already done it". Until someone tells me I'm no longer wanted then I have a contract.