It may have been a lot to expect Wayne Rooney, David Moyes or Manchester United to have come out with any kind of a public statement after pre-season training resumed today, but there was no signal either way as to where Wayne Rooney’s future lies.
David Moyes had his first training session with his new players today at United’s Carrington training ground. However it is understood the two will meet in the coming days to discuss the players future and whether or not it lies at Old Trafford.
Former United assistant coach Mike Phelan spoke publicly this week as to whether the player wishes to remain at the club, saying “Wayne is at the greatest club you can be at. Why would you want to jeopardize that, unless you want a fresh challenge and you feel that challenge isn’t being met at Manchester United?”
Rooney though is scheduled to fly out with his colleagues to Asia and Australia for a pre-season tour later this week.
There have apparently been fears on Rooney’s behalf that his relationship with the United supporters has been soured on the back of Alex Ferguson disclosure at the end of last season that the ex-Everton player had handed in a transfer request.
Regardless, if Rooney does clear the air with Moyes presently and states publicly he wishes for his future to lie in Manchester then any fears will be quickly allayed. It will be his performances for Moyes on the pitch that will dictate the mood between the player and the fans.
If however, Rooney doesn’t get the reassurances required and looks to build on his future away from Old Trafford, there will be no shortage of suitors lining up. The favourites to land the English international would surely be Arsene Wengers Arsenal, whose interest in the player has been made clear and in the event of him becoming available, Wenger would swoop; especially in a summer where he is being given the funds to significantly bolster his squad.
Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain are also low odds to bring the player to their respective clubs if the opportunity arises. Outside bets would be Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid. And whilst a move to either Manchester City or Bayern Munich is possible but not probable, a potentially lucrative move to Monaco could prove enticing.
However the reality is that outside of United no one can or will speak with any certainty until the two men come to a final and mutual decision on what’s best for Rooney, Moyes and United.