Whilst the pack pages this week have been awash with tributes to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, following his announcement that he will retire at the end of the season, rumours linking striker Wayne Rooney with a move to Chelsea ensued.
Rooney has a career-defining season in many ways – he’s been deployed into a deeper position as the playmaker behind Robin van Persie, he’s been substituted off and benched for big clashes and he’s embarking on the process of negotiating terms of new contract.
Subsequently, there has been a swathe of rumours relating to his potential departure from Old Trafford this summer – initially he was linked with Paris Saint-Germain, then Bayern Munich and now Chelsea.
I have written in the past few weeks a number of articles related to the Englishman’s future – considering whether the rumours linking him with PSG are actually just his agents posturing over his imminent contract negotiations and discussing whether or not he could in fact consider a move away from the Premier League.
However, whilst I’m prepared to entertain the idea that Rooney could be tempted away from United, I’m not prepared to entertain the suggestion he could move to Chelsea – or any other English club for that matter.
Firstly, the rumours this week have emerged from two different incidents: the first is the fact that Rooney removed Manchester United from his Twitter profile and frankly there could be nothing or something in that, who knows?
The second ‘incident’ that has ‘informed’ journalists was an interview with Piers Morgan in June 2012 in which he claimed he would ‘take a bullet’ for his ‘best friend in football’ Ashley Cole.
Okay so let’s just cut to the chase, here – are established news outfits prepared to assert that because he’s mates with Ashley Cole, Wayne Rooney would consider destroying his reputation as one of the greatest ever Manchester United players to move to Stamford Bridge for a ‘bromance’ with Cole?
Is that what is being suggested here? That’s utterly ridiculous, frankly – I can envision a world where Wayne Rooney has gotten the hump with playing second fiddle to Van Persie and might fancy the huge wage packet on offer across the channel but I will eat my proverbial hat if he goes to Chelsea.