Wayne Rooney is reportedly the next big name being lined up with a move to the Chinese Super League, with the emerging league continuing to flex their financial muscle.
According to The Daily Mirror, Sven-Goran Eriksson wants to bring in a player he enjoyed a great working relationship with after giving him his first England cap at 17.
The former Manchester City boss is now managing Shanghai SIPG and the club are willing to offer Rooney £500,000 a week to reunite with Eriksson according to the same paper.
However, seeing the Manchester United skipper head to the Far East seems unlikely, with the 30-year-old not seeming the type open to a move so far away.
Here are three reasons why Rooney won’t head to China:
The Man Utd man is already his country’s all-time top scorer with 51 goals and he looks set to break more record with the Three Lions.
Rooney is only seven appearances away from becoming his nation’s most capped outfield player of all time and needs an additional ten to oust Peter Shilton as the most played England man.
Moving to a low status league would severely harm his chances of being called up, as it initially did to David Beckham when he moved to America, and the former Everton man would be foolish to risk this.
Home is where the heart is
The recent BBC documentary which saw Gary Lineker spend time with Rooney showed that the player is someone who sticks to his roots.
Most of his family remain in his boyhood town of Croxteth and he regularly visits them from his home in Cheshire.
Adjusting to life in another part of the north-west was just about manageable for the striker, but a move to an entirely different country would be a step too far.
Wages don’t matter
Obviously, turning down £500,000 a week is something that would seem mad, but, given Rooney’s already substantial wealth, it would make sense.
Man Utd are currently paying their captain £250,000 a week and he will already be living a life where he wants for nothing.
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