Wayne Rooney aims sly dig at Luis Suarez as he rules out DC United move

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Wayne Rooney has turned down the chance to bring Luis Suarez to DC United – and appeared to question the former Liverpool star's "hunger".

Rooney this week returned to the MLS club to become their new manager and has quickly set out plans to bolster his squad. Among those linked with Washington-based outfit was Suarez, who is a free agent after his contract with Atletico Madrid expired at the end of last season.

It would have been a remarkable reunion for the old foes, who came up against each other numerous times when Manchester United went face-to-face with fierce rivals Liverpool. But Rooney has played down speculation linking the Uruguayan superstar with a move to DC – and the boss even took a swipe at his former rival.

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Speaking in a press conference, he said: "I respect Luis Suarez a lot – he's an incredible player – but I want players who are hungry. I want players to come to this club who are hungry and who want to come to the club but also have a lot to give and are capable of playing every game, attending every training session.

"So we're working extremely hard to identify the right profile of players we want to bring in. I'm sure in the near future, we'll have an announcement to make on new signings."

Rooney's admission leaves Suarez, 35, still scrambling around to find a new club ahead of the new season. But, having scored 34 times in 83 appearances during his two seasons with Atletico, he will have no shortage of admirers.

Indeed, Aston Villa, Marseille, Inter Milan and AC Milan have also been linked with a move for the ex-Barcelona man. Suarez, however, is open to a move to the MLS – but has reservations about their season ending one month before this year's World Cup in Qatar.

He told Radio Sport: "The market in MLS is very complex, some clubs want you but they don't have the slots, and so it would have to be for January. Other clubs want you now but I have to evaluate if they have a chance to qualify for the playoffs.

"I'm not closing the door to anyone and I've listened to all the offers, but if some MLS teams don't qualify for the playoffs, they end their season in the first week of October, and that's not useful for me because I would stop for a month ahead of the World Cup, which wouldn't be good for me."


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