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The former Norwich City forward says he has sympathy for the wantaway England international, who has been the subject of two rejected bids from Chelsea

Wigan Athletic striker Grant Holt believes Wayne Rooney should be allowed to leave Manchester United this summer.

The England international has been the subject of two rejected bids from Chelsea, while Goal exclusively revealed on Thursday that the forward has been ordered to train with United's reserves by David Moyes.

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Holt will not be facing Rooney in Sunday's Community Shield clash at Wembley as the United striker has been ruled out with a shoulder injury, but Wigan's summer signing feels it would be best for all parties if the 27-year-old quit Old Trafford.

“I know what Wayne is going through and I have sympathy for him," Holt told the Daily Star.

“If he wants to go, he should be ­allowed to leave, as long as the money is right for all parties.

“I know he signed a contract and was happy to do so at the time. But he is obviously not happy and things have obviously gone on behind the scenes which we don’t know about. So, the best thing is to cut their ties and move on.

“There is a lot of talk from fans about players’ loyalty to their clubs, but what about clubs’ loyalty to players.

“You have got to look at both sides, not just one, and I am sure if United sell him, they will get a substantial figure.”

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