England striker heading for the Old Trafford exit?
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Wayne Rooney is ready to quit Manchester United following the breakdown of his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson.
It is believed the United striker has no intention of signing a new contract, which would force them into cashing in on the £50million star.
Mirror Sport can reveal Rooney and United boss Fergie are no longer on speaking terms and it is believed the England striker wants out of Old Trafford.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea will now enter a bidding war for Rooney when the transfer window re-opens in January.
Rooney feels betrayed by Fergie, who dropped his star player – under the guise of an ankle injury – following revelations the 24-year-old slept with a prostitute.
Rooney believes the ankle story was fabricated to enable Fergie to teach Rooney a humiliating public lesson following his off-field misdemeanours, but the United manager’s ploy has backfired in spectacular fashion.
With Rooney adamant he will not sign a new deal, United will be forced to sell him at the earliest opportunity or risk losing him for nothing when his current contract – which has 18 months left to run – expires. (Daily Mirror)
Whilst it may well be true that some speculation regarding Wayne Rooney is mindless claptrap there are elements to the entire story that are indeed true. It does seem that something has happened to tarnish the relationship between player and manager, after all you wouldn’t leave a player of that calibre on the bench.
The England international’s insistence that he has not been injured appear to have contradicted Sir Alex Ferguson’s earlier claims and that will not sit well with the Old Trafford boss and the next few weeks could be crucial.
If Rooney is admitted back into the starting eleven and the 24 year old gets back to his usual goal scoring best then this may all be swept under the carpet but if he fails to fire on all cylinders or fails to start the forthcoming matches then this could drag on for some time. The issue of a non-signed contract extension merely adds a time frame that will lead many to believe that all is not well.
It seems highly unlikely that if the former Everton man did leave the club that it would be to any other Premier League club and it is far more likely he would move to Spain if indeed he did leave Old Trafford.
The club has been quick to deny any bad feeling between the pair and only time will tell if that is indeed the case.