Manchester United: 5 Reasons Why Wayne Rooney Won't Be Leaving
Ever since Wayne Rooney was surprisingly dropped to the bench for the recent Champions League clash with Real Madrid, both the internet and tabloids across the country have been buzzing with rumours that the England international is all set to quit the club.
Rooney tried to quit United two years ago, claiming they lacked ambition, but recent reports have suggested it is United who no longer want him at the club, believing his best days are now behind him.
With the red hot form of Robin van Persie and the continued speculation a summer bid for Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski is imminent, all the signs are pointing to a Rooney exit, despite attempts by Sir Alex Ferguson today to diffuse the situation by insisting the player would stay.
Here, Bleacher Report examines why Rooney will not be leaving the club this summer and will remain a United player next season and beyond.
5. There's Little Interest from Rival Clubs
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While Wayne Rooney may have had a queue of potential suitors back in 2010 when he first stated his desire to leave the club, it appears the landscape of the transfer market is a very different one today, with a series of top European sides already ruling themselves out of signing the player.
Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all reportedly distanced themselves from making a move for Rooney, so the question is, where else is he going to go? He isn't going to find a better team than Manchester United who are able to offer him a contract, and a move to any other club at this stage would be a huge backwards step in his career.
Rooney is also considered to be an unattractive investment. He will be 28 in November, and the reported £20 million asking price is only serving to stave off admirers.
4. He Admitted "Making Biggest Mistake of Career" in Asking to Leave Last Time
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Wayne Rooney has come close to leaving the club in the past. In 2010, he dropped a bombshell on United by handing in a transfer request, stating his desire to leave Old Trafford for pastures new. He cited the club's lack of ambition at the time as one of the contributing factors in his decision to leave but was later talked round by Ferguson and persuaded to sign a new contract.
Later, Rooney would go on record in stating his transfer request was "the biggest mistake of his football career" and having realised that, is there really any likelihood that he will make the same mistake twice?
He currently has two years left to run on his present deal and insisted last September:
As long as this club wants me, I'll be here and trying to be successful.
There can be little doubt that Manchester United still want the player, given Ferguson's recent remarks on the situation.
3. He Still Has a Role to Play
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Robin van Persie has been in fine goal-scoring form for Manchester United this season and has arguably become their best player following his summer switch from Arsenal and has outscored Rooney so far.
But the role of the Englishman in this Manchester United team cannot be overstated. He is still an integral figure at the club, and considering young Danny Welbeck is still maturing, while Javier Hernandez is struggling to break into the starting XI, he is the second best player at United.
Considering the furor that has engulfed the player this week, it is perhaps easy to forget Rooney's fantastic goal against Norwich last weekend, which exemplified his quality. His 34 goals in 44 appearances last season also proves his worth to the club.
2. Continued Success at the Club
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Up until Wednesday, Manchester United were the only team in England capable of winning the treble, and even though they are out of the Champions League, they are still on for a double with the Premier League virtually sewn up and a quarter final encounter with Chelsea in the FA Cup on the immediate horizon.
There are very few teams in Europe who have been as successful as Manchester United this season. Real Madrid are miles away in La Liga, Barcelona are on the brink of being eliminated from the Champions League and are enduring their worst run of form in years. Chelsea always seem to find themselves in some sort of crisis while Manchester City have failed for the last two seasons to even progress from the Champions League group stages.
Where else is he going to go? At Manchester United he is guaranteed continued success and it would be foolish were he to decide to walk away from that.
1. Over Reaction
As ever, the media have had a field day with Wayne Rooney. He is a player who can generate headlines with consummate ease and thus sell newspapers, and so it is perhaps of very little surprise that so many tabloids have splashed "Rooney Out!" all over their back pages this week.
Last week, there was absolutely no suggestion that he was going to leave Old Trafford. Yet after one incident in which Ferguson had the sheer audacity to put him on the bench, we're all expected to believe his United career is finished.
Let's just take a breather for a moment and remind ourselves that we have seen similar headlines claiming Rooney was on the verge of quitting United before, and that it never came to fruition.
And nor will it this time.