Old Trafford’s want-away star digs himself deeper in self imposed hole.
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Wayne Rooney has revealed his reasons behind him wanting to leave Manchester United insisting it is not down to money but ambition.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed on Tuesday that Rooney wanted to leave the club, and admitted his disappointment and disbelief.
Ferguson insisted he did not know the reasons behind Rooney’s decision to shun a new contract at Old Trafford and instead look for a move away.
But now Rooney – who has just 18-months left on his current deal, has released a statement outlining his decision to seek a move away from United.
Rooney has been quick to deny that any moves away from the club would be financially motivated, insisting that the club’s lack of investment in their squad is the primary factor.
“I met with David Gill [United chief executive] last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad,” Rooney confirms.
“I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract.”
Rooney also admitted he was shocked by Ferguson’s comments on Tuesday, adding: “I was interested to hear what Sir Alex had to say yesterday and surprised by some of it.
“It is absolutely true, as he said, that my agent and I have had a number of meetings with the club about a new contract. During those meetings in August I asked for assurances about the continued ability of the club to attract the top players in the world.
“I have never had anything but complete respect for MUFC. How could I not have done given its fantastic history and especially the last six years in which I have been lucky to play a part?
“For me its all about winning trophies – as the club has always done under Sir Alex. Because of that I think the questions I was asking were justified.”
The England star insisted that he would always ‘owe’ something to Ferguson.
“Despite recent difficulties, I know I will always owe Sir Alex Ferguson a
huge debt. He is a great manager and mentor who has helped and supported me from the day he signed me from Everton when I was only 18,” he said.
“For Manchester United’s sake I wish he could go on forever because he’s a one off and a genius.” (Sky Sports)
Will these comments endear Wayne Rooney to those who prior to 48 hours ago, idolised the man? It does seem like the Old Trafford striker is trying to use the smokescreen of ‘lack of ambition’ as a way to flee for a bigger wage packet. Most, maybe all, Manchester United fans will see right through this and it is hard to imagine the England man playing another game for Sir Alex Ferguson as he sinks even further in the club’s estimations, morally, if not financially.
It appears that most supporters now want this resolved as quickly as possible, and by resolved, I mean Rooney sold to the highest bidder. Whether the 24 year old has a point or not, the manner in which he has presented himself will tower over any arguments he has, reasoned or not.
Manchester City are hovering and if Wayne Rooney makes that move he would instantly become the most hated man in the city and whether that weighs on his mind or not, he does know that Roberto Mancini will offer him more than he will get anywhere else.
For his own safety he may wish to take Jose Mourinho up on his offer or opt for a move to the Nou Camp, although one wonders if they will offer him any more money than Sir Alex and David Gill did. Troubling times ahead for the club but no one man defines a club and Man United will be bigger for his departure and expect some nice new anti-Rooney chants or flags tonight or for the weekend match with Tottenham.