POLICE have now AXED a blackmail probe after Wayne Rooney complained about photos of him asleep in a hotel surrounded by girls.
The ex-Utd star, 35, was seen slumped fully clothed on a chair following a boozy night out at a club in Manchester.
But the Derby County manager feared he was been the victim of a "set up" and is understood to be absolutely clear he did nothing wrong.
Cheshire Police earlier confirmed they were reviewing a blackmail complaint they received.
It was not believed the claim related to the girls Rooney was pictured with.
But the force has now said they have dropped the case in a dramatic U-turn.
A statement said: "On Monday 26 July Cheshire Constabulary received reports of a possible blackmail relating to a number of images circulating online.
"Officers have spoken to the person involved and are satisfied that no offences have taken place.
"The person involved has also stated that they do not wish to take the matter any further."
The statement is the latest twist in the story after initial reports sparked confusion by suggesting officers were not looking into it the claims at all.
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This was because it was originally believed Greater Manchester Police would be in charge of any possible investigation given the location.
They revealed yesterday there was "no police involvement" - despite reports from Rooney's team confirming they had made an official complaint.
His people also said the ace was then interviewed in person by cops for around an hour and handed a crime number.
But to add to the riddle, bosses at Derby County then said GMP officers did, in fact, launch an investigation.
They added: “Wayne Rooney informed the club that the pictures had emerged and that they had been taken without his knowledge or approval.
"After taking counsel the matter was reported to Greater Manchester Police who are currently investigating the incident.
"While that remains the case, there will be no further comment.”
The women in the photos with Rooney are Snapchat model Tayler Ryan and her pals Elise Melvin and Brooke Morgan, all 21.
In one picture captioned 'Mooney Rooney', a woman in a g-string is seen displaying her bum to the camera.
Another image, entitled 'Sleepy Wayne', shows a woman making a peace sign next to the ex-England captain.
A scantily dressed woman is laying on a bed close to ex-Manchester United legend Rooney, who is fast asleep in his clothes.
'SET UP' FEARS
And another snap appears to show the football boss talking to a blonde woman in a nightclub.
The photos, taken in the city’s £60-a-night Staycity hotel, were leaked and went viral.
Rooney's night on the lash came after Derby's 2-1 defeat to League Two outfit Salford City in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.
He returned to Derby's training ground yesterday morning as the pictures were circulated on the web.
His wife Coleen, 35, was snapped on a beach in Abersoch, North Wales, where she is enjoying a holiday with their four sons.
A friend told The Sun: “The girls were out celebrating a pal’s birthday.
“They love Chinawhite and are always there but couldn’t believe their luck when they were invited over — they were stunned.
“They spent a couple of hours with him and his pals there before they moved on.”
'COLEEN WILL HAVE QUESTIONS'
The friend said Rooney was "complimentary", but nothing physical happened.
“There was no sexual contact — it was just a great night," they said.
“Wayne was very complimentary of them, of how they looked, but nothing happened.”
The ex-England captain is understood to have been accompanied by two friends as he went to the girls’ hotel room.
He then made a swift exit from the Staycity complex after he eventually woke up.
Rooney, dad to Kai, 11, Klay, eight, Kit, five, and Cass, three, has been in the dog house with Coleen for a series of drunken scandals.
In 2017, he was driving Laura Simpson home when he was nicked for drink-driving at 2am after a ten-hour booze session.
Two years later, the then-DC United player was arrested for being drunk in public when he set off a security door alarm at a US airport after a booze and sleeping pill mix left him “disoriented”.