Wayne Rooney may leave Manchester United for big China contract

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United in action against Hull City. Photo/Photosport
Wayne Rooney of Manchester United in action against Hull City. Photo/Photosport

Manchester United icon Wayne Rooney is reportedly about to quit the club after 13 years to take up a lucrative contract in China.

Last month, Rooney netted his 250th goal for the club, surpassing the record previously held by Sir Bobby Charlton.

But Rooney is apparently unhappy with his reduced role in coach Jose Mourinho's rotation in recent times. The 31-year-old forward/midfielder has slipped behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in the pecking order, and has not started an English Premier League match since December 17.

The United captain also has a £35million-a-year ($NZ61 million) offer from China, where the transfer window closes next Wednesday (NZ time).

The Daily Mail is reporting that Rooney will likely snap that offer up in the next week.
'The writing is on the wall for Wayne," a source told Sportsmail. "He can see what's happening.

"He's playing less and believes he still has a lot to give. He won't want to continue here like this."

Apparently Rooney has also entertained bids from the US Major League Soccer and rivals Everton, although his £230,000-a-week ($NZ400,000) basic wage is a huge obstacle.
Mourinho was typically dismissive of the reports.

"Of course, I can't guarantee," he said. "I cannot guarantee that I'm here next week, how can I guarantee that a player is here next season?

"What I can guarantee is that if, one day, Wayne leaves the club, it is not because I want him to leave. I would never push a legend of this club to another destiny.

"You have to ask him if he sees himself staying in the club for the rest of his career or sees himself moving. It is not a question for me, because I am happy to have him.

"I was very open with you in the answer. I don't want him to leave."

Rooney has 18 months left on his current contract, with the option of a 12-month extension, but he has missed the last two games with a "muscle injury" and did not travel with the team for their Europa League tie with AS Saint-Etienne of France.

- NZ Herald

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