Breaking news: Rooney wants to leave Manchester United, Ferguson shocked

October 19, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/England striker Wayne Rooney wants to leave Manchester United, manager Alex Ferguson said on Wednesday.

“We are as bemused as anyone can be, we can’t quite understand why he would want to leave,” Ferguson told a news conference.

The manager said Rooney would not play in Wednesday’s Champions League match against Bursaspor because of an ankle injury.

A United press officer said that Rooney was taken off on a stretcher at the end of training on Tuesday.

The other point to note here is that Ferguson is not giving up hope of keeping Rooney. The manager was quick to oint out that the door is still open when it comes to the contract they have offered him, one that “would be difficult to beat elsewhere”.

Here are the key quotes from Ferguson:

“We are as bemused as anyone can be,” Ferguson said. “We can’t quite understand why he would want to leave.

“It was a shock. I couldn’t believe it because in other discussions as early as March he intimated that he wanted to stay, he wanted to sign a life contract, he was happy at the club, he was at the best club in the world.

“I had a meeting with him. He intimated to me in his own way that he wanted away.

“I told him, ‘The only thing I want from you, Wayne is to honour the club’s position and traditions and behave like a proper professional and we’ll try to see it through.’

“There was an offer there, it never got into financial discussion, but I know David was prepared to offer him a contract that would be difficult to better elsewhere.”

“We still have to keep the door open for him simply because he’s such a good player,” the manager said.

“We’ve done nothing but help him since he’s come to this club in terms of his private life and other matters.

“I can’t answer any questions about why he’s doing it — the player is adamant he wants to leave.”

“He got an ankle injury in the Rangers game,” Ferguson added. “He was hobbling about before halftime, he confirmed it himself with his interview with Sky (television).

“I spoke to him before the Sunderland game and my idea, based on the fact he wasn’t playing that well, was to leave him out giving him a 10-day recovery so that he could play for England.

“My hope was that by playing for England at Wembley he could recapture his form and we could kick on. His entry into the mixed zone (to talk to reporters) at Wembley has created the next stage.

“He said he wasn’t injured. That was disappointing as we knew well he was carrying an injury. He went for a scan that showed a minor defect and he had treatment.”

PHOTO: Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney stretches for the ball during a training session at the club’s Carrington training complex in Manchester, October 19, 2010. REUTERS/Phil Noble


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Diana over here, from the World Cup and Ryder Cup coverage. As a Manchester United supporter myself, I am stunned, truly stunned. Almost speechless. But I have to give full credit to Sir Alex for tackling the issue head on. I was already aware of the reports doing the rounds before Sir Alex said it himself today, but never realised it is really the case after all.

Do need time to digest this. And I thought watching how Carlos Tevez has been now at Manchester City is already gut-wrenching for me at times. Excluding the apparent conflicts he has with his current manager.

In fact, never experience anything quite like it since I became a Manchester United supporter since 2002, following in my father’s footsteps. Or maybe again like what Sir Alex said after the 1999 Champions League final – Football, bloody hell. Indeed.

Posted by dy158 | Report as abusive

Unbelievable. Can’t imagine what’s going through Rooney’s mind, but fantastic press conference from Ferguson.

Posted by sportingfare | Report as abusive

Trouble is, I cant see where he can go. United fans would never forgive him for going to City, he couldnt replace Drogba at Chelsea straight away. Madrid, Inter? ok they maybe both need another striker but is he the kind of person to settle abroad…..?

Posted by MarkMeadows | Report as abusive