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In two of the last three summers, Wayne Rooney's desire to leave Manchester United has been subtly leaked to the press, resulting in improved contract terms—and a payday for the man who almost certainly masterminded the transfer speculation.
His agent, Paul Stretford.
Stretford struck his first deal in 1989 and has since represented the likes of Stan Collymore, Harry Redknapp, Roberto Mancini and the young man he started representing as a 16-year-old, Rooney.
The former vacuum cleaner salesman's career has been pockmarked by controversies, such as the nine-month ban he served in 2009 for legal issues surrounding the manner in which he acquired Rooney as a client.
In the same year, he was sacked and sued by Formation, the sports agency he founded. More recently, he was heavily criticised by Sir Alex Ferguson for his role in Rooney's cynical contract re-negotiations.
In 2010, the Daily Mail also alleged that he "mixes with gangsters" and described him as "unsavoury."