Sir Alex Ferguson has refuted reports Manchester United are planning to ditch Wayne Rooney at the end of the season.
Rooney's omission from United's starting line-up for Tuesday night’s Champions League last 16 clash with Real Madrid sparked intense speculation that the 27-year-old could leave Old Trafford.
However, Ferguson, speaking ahead of his side's FA Cup quarter-final clash with Chelsea on Sunday, said: "He'll be here next year. You can have my word on that."
And the United boss also moved to deny claims he has had a strained relationship with Rooney ever since the England striker requested a transfer in 2010.
"There is no issue between myself and Wayne Rooney," said Ferguson. "To suggest we don't talk is nonsense. He understood the reasons completely. Tactically we got it right. We don't always but we did then.
"There are no issues with the player and he will be involved on Sunday. I left out Shinji Kagawa after he scored a hat-trick. I thought I would get more stick for that."