The future for the veteran forward has been a bit unclear, despite new manager David Moyes claiming that he is not for sale, according to Sky Sports. Unsurprisingly, top teams around Europe have been trying to work out a transfer during this period of confusion.
Among those squads is Chelsea, who are looking for an impact forward to boost the offense and help win the English Premier League. Lee Neville of Mirror Football even states that the club is favored to complete the transfer.
As a result, manager Jose Mourinho has not ruled out a move for Rooney to Chelsea, according to Jamie Jackson of the Guardian. Based on United's recent comments, it is smart to be patient with this situation because a transfer is still in the realm of possibility.
As Jackson also reported, Moyes recently talked about Rooney's role with the club by saying, "Overall my thought on Wayne is, if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we'll need him."
The idea that he is second tier is not likely to please the veteran player, as noted by Tancredi Palmeri of CNN Italy:
Before van Persie joined the club, Rooney was one of the top goal scorers in England. However, his scoring dropped from 27 two years ago to 12 last year as his new teammate became the focal point of the offense. If he was concerned about his role before, these comments are unlikely to help.
Additionally, Moyes made it clear to the media that the club would be fine without him when he said this, via Joe Bernstein of the Daily Mail:
I’ve also got to make sure we don’t just concentrate on him. Manchester United aren’t about Wayne Rooney. Manchester United are about the team, the club. We are talking about him now, and rightly so, but what I won’t allow is Wayne to become more important than the football club and the football team.
Bleacher Report Lead Writer Will Tidey believes these statements and other factors could be a sign of a transfer:
Ben Smith of BBC Sport reported Monday that Manchester United placed a bid on Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas.
Of course, the situation continues to get worse when you factor in the latest quote by chief executive Ed Woodward. According to Sky Sports, he recently said this referring to Rooney:
No contract renewals are being discussed. I am not sitting down with any player on an extension and there is no trigger date in the diary.
Would we be afraid to run a contract down? Of course not.
Therefore, Rooney should be seeing little reason to stay with his current club. He will have an uncertain future from not only a playing perspective, but also from a financial perspective.
The smart move would be to go to a club with a guaranteed role for him where he could have a fresh start. Chelsea could be that new destination, and his addition would change the outlook of the entire EPL table.
Although there are plenty of reasons to doubt that Rooney would leave Manchester United, recent developments show that Chelsea should not give up just yet.
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