Wayne Rooney’s camp are considering their options as Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea compete for his signature.
The Manchester United striker, who is three goals away from breaking the 200 barrier for the club, was left out again by Sir Alex Ferguson against Swansea City and appears to have an uncertain future at the club.
He looks unlikely to play against West Brom next week and the outgoing United manager appears to have washed his hands of the Rooney problem – which has been brewing for months.
Ferguson confirmed that Rooney had issued a transfer request within the last two weeks, but said the club were not putting him up for sale – a smart bargaining position if the club hope to recoup their £25million outlay for the 27-year-old ex-Everton striker.
“I don’t think Wayne was keen to play, simply because he has asked for a transfer,” said the legendary United boss.
“I think he should go away and think it over again.
“He wasn’t happy about being taken off a few times this season but a Wayne Rooney in top form wouldn’t be taken off.”
Some United fans booed the player as he went up for his Premier League winners’ medal at Old Trafford, the fifth he has won in nine seasons at the club.
However, the majority applauded respectively and there is still hope that he could choose to see out the final two years of his existing contract – although there appears to be little hope of the club offering him an extension.
Rooney’s agency tested the water by asking for an extension last month and now know that the most lucrative options for their client lie elsewhere with Bayern Munich a non-starter, but Chelsea’s interest could force PSG to splash the cash and meet United’s asking price.
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