Englishman will now keep his head down and play out the season in the north west.
Wantaway Manchester United front man Wayne Rooney has finally accepted that he will not be allowed to leave Old Trafford this summer to join arch-rivals Chelsea, according to reports in the Mail on Sunday.
The England international cut a disconsolate figure at the Liberty stadium as the Premier Champions started the defence of their Premier League title with a convincing 4-1 win at Swansea City on Saturday evening, with the 27-year-old starting what was new head coach David Moyes’s first competitive match in charge of the Red Devils as a substitute.
However, the Scot did introduce the striker as a second-half substitute, with Rooney playing a key role in goals for fellow attackers Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck in a 30-minute cameo in South Wales, although it was also noticeable that the Englishman did not choose to celebrate United’s final two strikes of the game with any of his team-mates.
According to sources close to the player, though, Rooney has now finally accepted the club’s stance that he will not be sold to a domestic rival this summer whatever the money on offer and as such, the forward will instead keep his head down over the course of the coming campaign and then try to force through his departure from the north west next summer.
And with Rooney now virtually back to full fitness after picking up an injury earlier on in preseason, the player is expected to slowly be reintroduced back into the first-team fold over the course of the coming weeks in order to add to his 197 goals in just 401 games for United to date.
“Wayne has been training very hard because he wants to get back into the side,” a United source revealed.
“I think he has realised there was no way the club were going to sell him and he has just got on with doing what he does best. It won’t be long before he is an automatic choice for the first team.”