Wayne Rooney’s future at Manchester United continues to look bleak as it was confirmed by sources close to the England international striker yesterday that he was ‘angry and confused’ at comments made by the Manchester United hierarchy about his status at the club.
It seems that the main issue stems from these comments made by David Moyes during the clubs pre-season tour in Bangkok:
"Overall, my thought on Wayne is that if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie we are going to need him. I want as many options as possible."
The idea of being a squad player does not sit well with Rooney who would prefer to be the main man in any attacking line-up. At 27 he feels he is entering the prime of his footballing career and that in order to fulfil his potential he must be a permanent starter.
And it appears he is not short of suitors.
As I type it has been announced that United rejected the first offer put on the table for the player from Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.
Arsenal are also said to be keen but one team that has ruled themselves out of the running is Paris Saint-Germain.
In fact the term ‘ruled out’ is perhaps not appropriate as it seems PSG were never that keen anyway.
Yesterday Les Parisiens completed one of Europe’s biggest deals with the arrival of Edinson Cavani at Parcs des Princes in a £55 million switch from Italian outfit Napoli.
PSG have long been linked with the player and were given free rein to snap him up at that lofty price tag after Manchester City and Chelsea, currently Rooney’s new suitors, made it clear they would not meet that valuation.
And when PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was asked about Wayne Rooney upon the completion of the deal he responded dismissively to the idea of signing the United star:
‘’Rooney? Cavani is our first choice of the coach [Laurent Blanc], one of Leonardo 's [director of football] and mine."
It is hard to think back to 2010 when Rooney was banging in the goals and being uttered in the same breath as the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Three years down the line and for the second time in the space of a week he has found himself dubbed second rate to another central striker.
But he can take comfort in the fact that Chelsea appear to be very interested in his services…
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