Wayne Rooney’s days at Manchester United appear to be numbered as the United captain contemplates his next move after being at Old Trafford since 2004.
While speculation of a move to China just won’t go away, ex-Manchester United player and captain, Roy Keane has had his say on the saga.
As reported in the Irish Independent, Keane speaking on ITV spoke out against the move.
“There is no way Wayne Rooney should be going to China.
“He can still play at the top level in England, Spain, Germany or Italy without a shadow of a doubt.
“Going to China? Madness. He’s 31 years of age. There is plenty more left for Wayne Rooney to do in Europe. I don’t think he is short of money is he?”
Rooney is expected to miss this weekend’s EFL Cup final through injury and as the club captain he will be expected to be at Wembley to watch his teammates fight it out for the first trophy of the season.
Should Rooney be an absent figure at Wembley, speculation will intensify with the deadline day in the Chinese Super League approaching on Tuesday.
Jose Mourinho has admitted he will not stand in the way of any player who wishes to depart and he understands the need for players to want to play. He has however pointed out that he wants his captain to remain at Manchester united and be part of the new era at the club.
Rooney has to decide if he is happy to adapt to a bit-part role at the club. However having just broken Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record at the club, the player may now feel a new destination is best for all parties.
The former Everton man has won five Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one Champions League. Having won two League Cups, Rooney will be hoping for a hat trick on Sunday, in what could be his last trophy as a Manchester United player and captain.
His agent Paul Stretford is believed to be in China discussing potential moves to the league with interested parties. However, should Rooney make it clear he wants a fresh start, other suitors are sure to make their interest known.
Whether China is the best option, that is open to debate. Roy Keane has made his feelings on the matter, crystal clear.
Damien McEvoy Pundit Arena