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Will he stay or will he go now?
One of the biggest sagas of the summer has been the future of Wayne Rooney at Manchester United, who one week is submitting transfer requests, the next is off to Arsenal and Chelsea and, after that, really just wants to stick around after all.
Who knows what the real story is? Nobody but Rooney and David Moyes, I suppose, though after they meet this week they may clue the rest of us in.
From Joe Bernstein and Rob Draper of the Daily Mail:
Wayne Rooney's future will be decided this week as he finally sits down with new Manchester United manager David Moyes to discuss whether his nine-year stay at the club is over.
Rooney's situation will dominate Moyes's first week of work—he officially starts at Old Trafford on Monday—with Arsenal ready to make a £20million bid for the striker and Chelsea also interested.
Rooney is said to be approaching the talks positively and is keen to start afresh with the new manager after his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson soured last season, culminating in the former manager saying Rooney had asked to leave the club.
Rooney's camp have denied this and the player himself is keen for the club to make it public that he never submitted an official transfer request, something Rooney feels could ruin his relationship with fans.
This has always had the feel of a lover's quarrel, and one that would be worked out once feelings were soothed over and cards were put on the table. Still, everything hinges on one key factor—Rooney realizing that United don't need him.
He's still an elite player, sure, but this is a team with enough offensive firepower to replace him. Don't be shocked if he's sold, but in the end it seems likely he'll smooth things over with United and stick around.