Former United goalkeeper has his say on Rooney’s future.
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Saar has spoken to BBC Sport about the future of his old team-mate Wayne Rooney, whose future has come under much speculation in the last month.
The England striker is said to have submitted a transfer request at Old Trafford, prompting interest from a number of top clubs around Europe, including the likes of PSG, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
United’s Premier League rivals, including Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal have also been linked with bids, and van der Saar believes Rooney is more likely to stay in England if he does leave the club.
“English players tend to stay in England to play their football,” he added.
“And rightly so because there are big clubs with traditions, the stadiums are always full and the money is right.”
Rooney is supposedly unhappy with his current role in the United team, and has often been played out of position by Sir Alex Ferguson in midfield or out wide. This has coincided with a drop in form this season as he has mostly accommodated star striker Robin van Persie, though van der Saar still thinks the 27-year-old has had a decent season.
“Maybe for him it has been a lesser season,” the Dutchman added. “Especially the last couple of games he didn’t play, but he is still a really important player for United.
“Wayne has maybe been overtaken a little bit by Robin van Persie at United this year. But he puts the hard work in for the team. You don’t always have to score to contribute.”
Rooney has been at Manchester United since joining from Everton in 2004, and has scored 197 goals in 400 appearances for the club.