Wayne Rooney has released a statement just hours before Manchester United’s clash with Bursaspor, confirming he wants to leave the club.
The timing of Rooney’s statement is sure to irritate the fans of his current club, and the England striker is intent on leaving Man Utd, with 1/2 available on Rooney leaving in January.
Rooney has concerns over the future of Man Utd and specifically, the strength of the squad going forward, and in his statement he confirms he has never received any assurances about the future.
The statement read: “”He [Man Utd chief executive David Gill] did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad.
“It is absolutely true, as [Ferguson] said, that my agent and I have had a number of meetings with the club about a new contract.
“During those meetings in August I asked for assurances about the continued ability of the club to attract the top players in the world.”
Rooney’s comments will to create tension amongst the current Man Utd squad and his way of handling the current situation make his position at Man Utd almost untenable.
Sir Alex Ferguson is sure to have a word with his want away striker when he returns to training – Rooney is currently suffering from an ankle injury – after asking the player to act in the best interests of the club, which Rooney certainly hasn’t done as he tries to engineer a move away.
The news will delight Manchester City fans and Rooney is 4/5 to start the 2010/11 season at the blue half of Manchester in a move that would define a shift in balance.
Rooney’s comments suggest Man Utd are on a downward spiral, but a Premier League title at the end of the season would cull any notion of a crisis – Man Utd are 5/1 to win the Premier League.
Rooney is 3/1 to start the 2011/12 season at Real Madrid. See the full Barclays Premier League football betting odds market here.