England Striker Wayne Rooney’s career at Manchester United might be nearing an end if rumours doing the rounds are anything to go by. Rooney dip in form, extra marital allegations and spat with United boss Sir Alex Ferguson have raised doubts as to whether the 24 year old will stay with the Red Devils any longer than this season.
New revelations now emerging suggest that Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti would consider signing the striker if he decided to leave Old Trafford. Rooney’s current deal expires at the end of next season and the striker is yet to sign any extension after breaking talks with the club.
“We have to wait to see if Wayne Rooney really wants to leave Manchester United,” Ancelotti said. “If they really want to sell him and, also, if Rooney is on the market, not just Chelsea would be interested but a lot of other teams as well.”
Rooney has been linked with a number of clubs including Real Madrid and Barcelona.
“Every top team has a fantastic player and they want to keep them,” Ancelotti said. “If someone asks for one of our top players there is no way – they would have to stay here.”
Mourinho has also added his voice to the growing debate stating that he expects Rooney to stay with the Red Devils.
“I don’t think he will (become available),” “I think the big man will persuade him to stay.”
Former United skipper Roy Keane has also advised Rooney to think of no one but himself when sizing up his options.
“Players and managers fall out all the time. It is part of life,” he said. “If I was to offer advice to Wayne, who is a good lad, I would tell him to make sure he looks after number one.
“Players are pieces of meat – that’s how I look at it. When your time’s up, your time’s up.”
It’s always hard to vision iconic players like Rooney playing for a different club. But i guess just like Roy Keane said, ‘when your time is up, it’s up’.
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