Wayne Rooney wants out of Old Trafford. It’s something that’s been knocking around the assorted gossip columns for some time now, and it appears as though all of those rumours regarding an imminent bid from Real Madrid or City may be true. Rooney’s contract runs out at the end of next season, but the Glazers are unlikely to let his value continue to deteriorate, so he could well be on his way in January.
It’s thought that Rooney considers his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson to have reached an untenable point, and isn’t prepared to work with the Scot for much longer. Rooney has been quite dramatically short of form this season, amidst tabloid allegations about his private life, and has been unable to shake off the memories of a terrible World Cup campaign. Contract talks had stalled recently, with Rooney supposedly asking to become United highest-paid player, on £150,000 a week. David Gill had been making noises over summer that suggested they’d have a new contract sorted as soon as he got back from the World Cup. More embarrassment for the United hierarchy, then. Let’s see him put a positive spin on this one.
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Man City are the likely suspects. United would surely push for a sale to one of the Spanish sides: a sale to City, particularly after the Carlos Tevez debacle, would be another swing towards City in the power struggle in Manchester. If Rooney does leave, that’s the three best players from the CL winning side of 2008 gone. United were accused of being a one-man team last season: so what do they do when that man goes?
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