The club are on a mission to return to the French Ligue 1 next season and they want Rooney to be their big-money marquee signing of the summer. They are willing to break the bank to land the 27-year-old striker and are apparently not put off by the hefty transfer fee. With plenty of cash to spare they are confident of outbidding their rivals while also boasting the advantage of being able to offer Rooney a tax-free wage deal.
Monaco’s super rich owner Dmitry Rybolovlev is confident that Wayne Rooney is the player to help the team to success in their first campaign back in Ligue 1 in two years and wants them to dominate European football in the future.
There has been speculation surrounding Rooney’s career after he was benched by Fergie last week against Real Madrid in the Champions League and it is rumoured that he will be sold in the summer despite Fergie insisting he will be at Old Trafford next season.
“He will be here next year, you have my word on that,” said the Scot.
“There is no issue between myself and Wayne Rooney. He understood the reasons (he was left out) completely.”
Rooney still has the ability to compete for his place at United, but he is aware that he is no longer the boss’ main man and there is a feeling within the club that he may leave. The Red Devils will not be short of offers come the summer with clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich all interested in signing the talented forward.
Ex-United player Andy Cole thinks Rooney would be mad to leave Old Trafford and spoke recently of his regret at not ending his career there.
“I should have finished my career here,” he admitted.
“I had a great opportunity to do that. You make decisions for a reason and for me it was simply because I wanted to play.
“I don’t think Wayne is in the same position. He is 27, so he is definitely not in that position. I was 30, 31, so it was different.
“He has been left out for one game. One game cannot determine your career at a football club or affect it. I don’t look at it as a problem for him.”
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