Wayne Rooney has played down any chance of Derby County signing his former Manchester United team-mate Ravel Morrison.
The Rams boss made as much clear after Morrison revealed he used to steal his boots while at Old Trafford.
Morrison, who is now without a club after having his contract at Den Haag terminated, admitted to the devious behaviour on Rio Ferdinand's YouTube channel FIVE.
"Obviously I was on a scholar wage, obviously I was young," Morrison said.
"And then you used to get like £250 for a pair of boots – you take two pairs of boots you get £500. You get home and then you buy your family a Chinese or something. It's like, 'wow'!"
He added: "I didn't mean it to cause so much harm.
"When I used to see yours or Rooney's deliveries, you would get like 20 or 30 pairs a time.
"So I'm thinking, 'one pair of boots to put some food and money on the table at my home'. I didn't think it would be a big problem."
Morrison has often been described as one of the best talents ever produced at United. Ferdinand even claimed he was better than Pogba during their time together at the club.
But Morrison was unable to fulfill his enormous potential. Now, without a club, Rooney was asked if he would take him on.
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"Obviously I know Ravel because I played with him, but I am happy with the squad I’ve got, it’s a good squad of players," said Rooney, who decided to let him off for stealing his boots.
"I hope Ravel can find a club which he deserves, because he’s a fantastic player, and I wish him all the best.
"I can’t recall him taking my boots, so he can have them."
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