PSG seem to have failed in their attempts to lure Andre Villas-Boas away from White Hart Lane, which means they are now reportedly turning their attention to luring Fabio Capello away from his job with Russia.
It’s a managerial move Manchester United will be hoping happens very quickly because it substantially improves their chances of hanging onto key striker Wayne Rooney.
Rooney is more than likely going to snub a move to PSG if Capello is in charge for several reasons.
Firstly, Capello has a history with Rooney from his days as manager of England, occasionally blasting the striker for his poor form at international level.
That’s not something Rooney took kindly to, as the only hair dryer treatment he probably expected was from Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford every time he didn’t do as he was told or handed in a transfer request.
His career under Capello at England level was littered with examples of the pair disagreeing over tactics in the middle of matches, which didn’t exactly look pretty for us common fans watching the games live.
Secondly, you have to consider the sort of regime that Capello likes to run.
His strictness with the England side made him infamous within media circles; everyone must eat at the same time and basic punishments for doing anything remotely out of line.
Rooney is in a position where if he stays at Manchester United, he will still be awarded the luxury and freedom which goes hand in hand with most high profile players, despite what’s just happened between him and the club.
Capello has also got involved with spats with Rooney before, famously suggesting that Rooney was only willing to play his heart out for Ferguson and not for him in England colours.
“He only plays well in Manchester … where Sir Alex Ferguson speaks Scottish,” the Italian said last summer.
That’s instant criticism that Rooney wouldn’t want as a PSG player. The first time he plays poorly for the French side, Capello might blow his top and suggest he’s only thinking about how much he misses Manchester United or a missed opportunity under David Moyes.
Pressure is mounting on PSG to put in a bid for him this summer because three days ago, French fans voted Rooney as the player they wanted the club to buy as a strike partner for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
If they name Capello as their next boss, that’s something which is certainly less likely to happen.
Do you think Capello would still try to buy Rooney? Do you think he’d be interested in the move?
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