Just about every big club in the world has been on alert over the Wayne Rooney situation since Manchester United manager David Moyes said over the weekend that Rooney would be used as a backup for United’s star striker Robin van Persie.
This of course is a role that Rooney would find to be unacceptable, as the England international has no intention of being a backup player to anyone or playing for a team that rotates their players in and out.
Chelsea currently on tour in Asia have expressed an interest in the 27-year-old with new manager Jose Mourinho commenting on the news of Rooney possibly looking for a way out of Old Trafford.
Mourinho said: ‘If Wayne is a second choice for Manchester United, then the national team will be affected.’
He also said that Rooney is ‘a player I like very, very much.’
Today we can reveal that Mourinho like’s Rooney enough to have made Manchester United an offer of £10 million plus either Spanish playmaker Juan Mata or Brazilian defender David Luiz.
The offer was immediately rejected by Manchester United sticking to what they have said all along, and that is that Wayne Rooney is not for sale.
Now we all know that everyone is always for sale, and that this is just United’s way of trying to get more money for the England striker.
The question now is who is ready to play the game, with United much more inclined to see Rooney if he is sold go to a team outside of the Premiership, yet it would appear to be Chelsea and Arsenal that would be the most interested in his services.
Sky Sports just aired the following statement from their reporter Kaveh Solhekol:
Rooney believes he is at the peak of his career and has no intention of becoming a squad rotation player or by playing second fiddle to anyone at Old Trafford.
He believes he has nothing left to prove after nine successful seasons – yet that is what is being suggested by reports in the media which have interpreted the club’s statement as meaning he’s currently on trial for the coming season.
Since he’s returned from the pre-season tour due to injury, Rooney has been in touch with the club and spoken to David Moyes on the phone – he is angry and confused at the way he’s been treated.
If this report is to be believed it appears that even if he is not sold United will have a very disgruntled player on the bench in Rooney who can prove to be a distraction to the rest of the team.