Manchester United’s highest goalscorer, Wayne Rooney, is speculated to join the Chinese Super League at the end of this season. The Chinese are showing immense interest in signing the English skipper, luring him with a big-money switch.
Well, Rooney’s performance this season did not earn him much praise, but Jose Mourinho is still keen on keeping the player in the squad. There’s no doubt he once was a phenomenal striker, but after Fergie’s departure, he hasn’t shown his best on the field.
The talks on Rooney’s Old Trafford exit intensified earlier this week when Paul Stretford, Wayne Rooney’s agent, was seen in China taking some quick flights during the rest of the week, quite possibly to seal a deal before the deadline closes on the coming Tuesday. Stretford is there to engineer a move for the out-of-favor England international.
Rooney is only 31 and he still has a lot to give. He is still a top class player and can still play football at a top level in Europe instead of moving to China. Though a decline in form is there, that doesn’t mean he is out of the game and should be ignored for good. Despite all this, the Chinese are still eager to sign him, and numerous clubs have also shown interest in acquiring his services.
Rooney will become the highest paid footballer in the world, should the deal materialize. Rooney has served the Red Devils for over 12 years now and has acquired the status of a legend. But is this the right time for the striker to leave? Jose Mourinho, Manchester United manager, thinks otherwise. He does not want Rooney to leave the club.
Apparently Manchester United could pay Wayne Rooney £15.6Million to leave United and go earn £1Million a week in China.
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) February 23, 2017
Wayne Rooney’s popularity in China is enormous, and he has surpassed the likes of Lionel Messi in popularity. It is for obvious reasons that Manchester United won’t let a legend leave for another destination unless big money is placed on the table. However, if Rooney decides to stay at Manchester United, he will need regular football, but at the age of 31, it’s highly unlikely.
However, the former Manchester United Captain, Roy Keane is not happy with the news. He considered this utter madness.
“There is no way Wayne Rooney should be going to China, he can still play football at the top level in England, Germany, Spain, Italy – madness,” Keane said on ITV.
The move still looks quite attractive for Wayne Rooney with speculations gaining strength, but chances are slightly thin since Tianjian Quanjian ruled them self out of the big money move considering the striker’s fitness and his ability to adapt to Fabio Cannavaro’s style of play.
Wayne Rooney was once one of the finest strikers in world football but receiving such an exaggerated price tag at this phase in his career is seriously insane. He is 31 and not at his best, but he still has a chance to bounce back. Moving to China will end his chances of playing for England. So, instead of chasing money, as we believe he isn’t short of money, Rooney should fight for his place in the team.
Following day of news surrounding about Rooney to China, he released a statement to put all rumours to bed:
— PA Dugout (@PAdugout) February 23, 2017