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Everton have denied media reports suggesting Real Madrid had attempted to negotiate first refusal to buy teenage prodigy Wayne Rooney.

It had been claimed that the Spanish club had been in contact with the Merseyside club in an attempt to broker a deal over the 17-year-old prospect.

However, Goodison officials have denied the report through the club’s official website

Ian Ross, Everton’s head of corporate affairs and PR, said: ‘Stories which surfaced over the weekend suggesting that the Everton board of directors had entered into negotiations with Real Madrid about a future deal involving Wayne Rooney are inaccurate and spurious.

‘There has been no contact whatsoever between the two clubs about Wayne Rooney or, indeed, any other footballer.

‘At present the club’s board, along with manager David Moyes, are concentrating their efforts on assembling a senior squad, which will, hopefully, ultimately fill the ambitions of every Everton supporter.

‘Like any self-respecting football club one of our primary objectives is to ensure that our better players stay put so that they might contribute to the building of a successful future.’

Rooney is expected to sign his first professional contract with Everton within the next few weeks.

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