Rooney still eyes United exit

Wayne Rooney is sticking to his guns over his wish to leave Manchester United despite David Moyes' appointment.

Last Updated: 09/05/13 at 20:14 Post Comment

Latest Articles

Raheem Sterling would interest Manchester City – Sky sources

1 comments

Manchester City would be interested in signing Raheem Sterling if he were to become available, according to Sky sources.

Kevin Wimmer heading to Tottenham from Cologne

Post comment

Tottenham have completed a deal for Cologne defender Kevin Wimmer and he will join them in June, Sky sources understand.

All Articles

Wayne Rooney: Wants to leave Manchester

Wayne Rooney: Wants to leave Manchester

Wayne Rooney is sticking to his guns over his wish to leave Manchester United despite David Moyes' appointment as successor to Sir Alex Ferguson.

Rooney, who has two years left on his contract, told Ferguson two weeks ago he wanted to leave the club but the 27-year-old, who has two years left on his contract, was told he had to stay at Old Trafford.

A United spokesman confirmed on Thursday: "Wayne Rooney is not for sale."

Moyes, who first gave Rooney his debut as a 16-year-old at Everton, will now have to tackle the fall-out of the current impasse between player and club.

Sources close to Rooney on Thursday made clear they, he and his representatives will adopt a wait-and-see approach to Moyes' appointment.

Rooney has been unhappy at being played predominantly in midfield, though with Robin van Persie in the team it looks unlikely that Moyes' would alter the line-up significantly from Ferguson's first choice.

Rooney was also left on the bench by Ferguson for Real Madrid's visit in the Champions League round-of-16 game, a decision that irked the player.

It is now anticipated by Rooney's camp that United will make him an offer of a new contract but the level of his wages will be a decisive factor.

Rooney is reported to earn around £250,000 a week on his current deal, and the club would be reluctant to increase it - and he would certainly not accept a pay cut.

Moyes and Rooney have had their differences in the past, particularly when the manager won substantial libel damages, which he donated to charity, over remarks about him in the player's autobiography. That has been smoothed over however and is no longer regarded as an issue in their relationship.

Meanwhile, reports today suggested that Rooney had removed 'Manchester United player' from his Twitter biography and replaced it with 'NikeUK athlete'.

His representatives insisted no change had been made recently and it later emerged that a number of other Nike-sponsored players - including United team-mate Tom Cleverley - had made similar changes to their social media biographies some months ago.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho eyes Premier League title defence with new additions

Jose Mourinho may freshen up his Chelsea squad with new faces as the club look to defend their Premier League title next season.

Hull suffer Premier League relegation as Newcastle beat West Ham

Hull City suffered relegation on a goal-laden final day in the Premier League after Newcastle secured a 2-0 victory over West Ham.

Hull 0-0 Manchester United: Steve Bruce's men suffer final-day relegation

Hull City were relegated from the Premier League after they drew 0-0 with Manchester United, who had Marouane Fellaini sent off.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company