Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has admitted that he is “surprised” that Wayne Rooney’s future at Old Trafford has not already been resolved.
Rooney, 31, has been widely tipped to leave Man United this summer after struggling for first-team football during the 2016-17 campaign.
A move to former club Everton has been suggested, while it is understood that teams from the Chinese Super League and MLS are also interested in the England captain.
Rooney is still a Man United player less than two weeks before the start of pre-season, however, and Neville has claimed that the club’s pre-season preparations now risk being “clogged up” due to the speculation that will continue to gather pace.
Neville told the BBC:
“You don’t want to create voids for speculation around such big players. I am surprised it has not been dealt with.
“You don’t want that speculation to hang over a pre-season because every single press conference and media session will be clogged up with the issue of whether he is staying or going.”
Rooney has scored 253 goals in 559 appearances for Man United following a 2004 move from Everton, although only eight of those efforts came under Jose Mourinho last season.
Indeed, last term was the only season that Rooney has failed to hit double figures for the Red Devils, but as it stands, the experienced attacker will travel on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States next month.