The Wayne Rooney saga has taken another turn.
After new Manchester United manager David Moyes insisted the club's longtime superstar wasn't for sale, a new report has surfaced claiming the forward is "angry and confused" by his treatment at Old Trafford.
Sky Sports reports Rooney isn't happy with his current placement within the club and is looking for an escape route before the transfer window closes. Sky reporter Kaveh Solhekol provided an update on the situation:
Rooney believes he is at the peak of his career and has no intention of becoming a squad rotation player or by playing second fiddle to anyone at Old Trafford.
He believes he has nothing left to prove after nine successful seasons - yet that is what is being suggested by reports in the media which have interpreted the club's statement as meaning he's currently on trial for the coming season.
Since he's returned from the pre-season tour due to injury, Rooney has been in touch with the club and spoken to David Moyes on the phone - he is angry and confused at the way he's been treated.
Also in the Sky Sports piece, Moyes made it clear work would be done to find the right role for Rooney within the squad, but he isn't going to let one player overshadow the entire club.
Manchester United isn't about Wayne Rooney. Manchester United is about the team - the club.
I won't allow Wayne Rooney to become more important than the football club and the football team, because that's the heart of it.
Premier League rivals Chelsea and Arsenal have been mentioned as potential landing spots for Rooney. It's said in the report that the England international would be open to moves to either club after returning home to rehab a hamstring injury.
It's the latest update on a situation that will probably change several more times before the transfer window closes. Just when it seemed like there was some stability involving Rooney and United, it's thrown into another tailspin.
When healthy, Rooney is still capable of being a high-impact player for the Red Devils. But if he's truly unhappy with his current status, the drama is going to outweigh his potential contributions. That's what Moyes is being forced to consider.
Regardless of the final decision, the best thing the two sides can do is figure it out in the very near future. The longer the saga drags on, the more of a distraction it will become for Manchester United as they prepare to defend the Premier League title.
Whether the quest will include Rooney remains up in the air.