Wayne Rooney has told team-mates he will be joining Chelsea [ESPN FC]

Richard Jolly of ESPNFC.com claims Rooney has informed his team mates that he will be leaving United for Chelsea, and that he’s confident of the move.

Amid noise that he’s been frozen out by senior cadres at United (Giiggs, Ferdinand), word is that he’s carrying through the process of phasing himself out by informing them of the truth.

Rooney took both public and private advice and stayed away from Rio’s Testimonial last night, which considering the strong bond and friendship which has always existed between ‘Wazza’ and Rio, speaks volumes of just how far he has removed himself.

ESPN otherwise report nothing new, however, and don’t offer any base to the claim that he’s informed his team-mates.