Manchester United are adamant thatWayne Rooneyis not for sale despite it emerging that the striker has asked to leave Old Trafford for thesecondtime in three years.
Just a day after confirming the monumental news that Sir Alex Ferguson will retire from football at the end of the season, United are now forced to address the future of one of their star players.
Widespread reports on Thursday morning detail a meeting between Rooney and Ferguson two weeks ago in which it is believed he told his manager of his desire to leave the club.
It is thought that Rooney took the decision without knowledge of anydevelopments over Ferguson’s own future, or the fact that it is Rooney’s old manager at Everton, David Moyes, who is set to be appointed as the 13-time Premier League winner’s successor at Old Trafford.
United issued a brief statement which read: “Wayne Rooney is not for sale.”
However, upon taking over from Ferguson, Moyes will now tasked with addressing the future of a player who has twice asked to leave English football’s biggest club.
Rooney first submitted a transfer request in October 2010 when he said the club’s ambition did not match his own – a development that left Ferguson “dumbfounded”.
The England international later relented and signed a new contract that lasts until the summer of 2015.
However, after a season in which he has been played out of position and dropped for a key Champions League game against Real Madrid, it appears Rooney has once again set his heart on pursuing a new challenge.
Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Bayern Munich are all thought to be interested in the striker, who has scored 198 goals since joining United from Everton in the summer of 2004.