The rumours that Rooney might be leaving Man U to pursue a career in the Chinese Super league have all been, ironically, Chinese whispers so far with Mourinho previously giving no guarantees about Rooney’s future at the club. It has now been reported that the green light is on for Rooney to leave thanks United’s Vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
The Chinese transfer window is due to close next week and if Rooney were to leave it would be the end of a 13-year career with United in which he won every domestic honour and the Champions League. The striker’s contract is due to end in the summer of 2018 and although Man U have the option to extend it by another year, this doesn’t look promising, with Mourhino quick to state that the team have played better without Rooney in it.
On Tuesday, an indifferent Mourinho gave absolutely no guarantees that Rooney would still be at the club by the same time next week, saying “You’ll have to ask him” when questioned, following “I cannot guarantee that I’m here next week, how can I guarantee that a player is here next season? What I can guarantee is that, if one day Wayne leaves the club, it is not because I want him to leave the club. I would never push a legend of this club to another destiny. You have to ask him if he sees himself staying in the club for the rest of his career or sees himself moving. It is not a question for me because I am happy to have him. You have to ask him, not me. I was very open with you in the answer. I don’t want him to leave.”
According to sources, the move to China’s Super League would see Rooney earning a staggering £750,000 a week; more than double his salary right now. Offers from Chinese clubs for the player have been as high as £30 million which is a few million more than what Man U paid Everton for him back in 2004. Sources have also claimed that Rooney’s desire to leave has been brewing for some time, but that the player first wanted to beat Sir Bobby’s goal-scoring record before he packed his bags. China is quickly becoming a major player in the football business, with many of the major corporations funding teams. Rooney wouldn’t be the first player to make the move to China; Carlos Tevez is now on comfortable £615,000 a week playing for Shanghai Shenhua.
A bit of a contrast with Shanghai, Rooney returned to the club’s training base in Carrington last Tuesday after a suffering from a hamstring injury since February. Things are still vague regarding whether or not he’ll be playing Sunday’s final against Southampton. If Rooney goes, this could mean that we’ve already seen him play the last game with Man U who currently have a 3-0 lead going into the Europa League round of 32 second leg and will be playing against ASSE on Wednesday night.