Wayne Rooney is the man everybody in football is talking about, with his future the hot topic of discussion among Manchester United fans and keen observers of rival clubs.
Sir Alex Ferguson left the striker out of yesterday's win over Swansea, and post-match confirmed that the striker had handed in a transfer request, his second in three seasons.
Fergie confirmed United had rejected said request, but the suspicion remains that if a mega-bid was to arrive for the striker then the club would have to consider it.
Rooney will no longer be Fergie's problem, and be David Moyes' headache instead, and you just wonder if the United manager has seen this coming all season.
After a rotten season opening performance from Rooney away to Moyes' Everton, in which the Toffees won 1-0, Ferguson was sharp to issue a threat to the whole squad.
Writing in his programme notes for the following match against Fulham, Fergie wrote:
"If I hear a player has fallen out of love with us, and is looking elsewhere I invariably help them out of the door."
Rooney happened to be dropped in that particular match, with Kagawa and Van Persie handed home debuts - leading many to jump to the conclusion that the Rooney who looked unfit in the season opener was the subject of Fergie's ire.
It's hard to imagine at this point that Fergie could have been talking about anybody else, but Rooney was disconcerted by the reports and was keen to pledge his loyalty to the Red Devils, issuing this tweet:
Read the nonsense in the papers and heard what people have to say.absolute rubbish. #heartostay— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) August 29, 2012
Now we suspect what he meant to say was #heretostay instead, but we'll let him off as we can't imagine Rooney emulating Clarke Carlise by appearing on Countdown any time soon.
Nonetheless it goes to show just what a challenge this season has been for the Englishman, from day one, or rather what a tricky situation he created for himself behind the scenes.
His tweet did the job though, it was what United fans wanted to hear, and he soon got on with the business of scoring goals and putting in a shift for the team.
But in light of recent revelations regarding his latest transfer request, Rooney's attempts to save face back then, now seem as laughable as his spelling.
Does Rooney have a future at United? What would you do if you were Moyes?
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