Rooney 'hell bent' on leaving Manchester United

The England international has told friends he is convinced there is 'no way back' for him at Old Trafford and that he is desperate to seal a move away from the club this summer
By Greg Stobart and Wayne Veysey

Wayne Rooney is convinced he has no future at Manchester United and is determined to force a move away from the club this summer.

England's most high profile player has made it clear to his inner circle that he will be at a new club next season.


His preference is to remain in the Premier League, with Arsenal and Chelsea closely monitoring the forward’s situation. Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are among the Continental big-hitters who have also expressed an interest in signing the 27-year-old.

"As far as Wayne is concerned, he's gone. There's no way back at Manchester United. This is not a ploy, he is hell bent on getting a move away this summer," a source close to the player told Goal.

Rooney's resolve to leave Old Trafford has been strengthened by the appointment of new manager David Moyes, who officially takes the reins on July 1 but will be tasked with handling the first major issue of his tenure from next week.

Contrary to reports that Rooney’s relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson is central to his desire to quit the club he joined in 2004, sources have said that the striker is unwilling to work under former boss Moyes, who was his first manager in professional football.

Rooney has grown increasingly frustrated with his downgraded status at Old Trafford, which culminated in him being dropped for United's biggest game of the season, the last-16 Champions League second round tie against Real Madrid.

He has frequently been substituted by Sir Alex in the last weeks of the season and was not named in the matchday squad for last Sunday's 2-1 win over Swansea City. The Scot admitted that Rooney has asked to leave Old Trafford.

As revealed by Goal in March, the 27-year-old harboured doubts about his future long before the Madrid showdown. He is believed to have told team-mates during the international break in the first week of February that he could leave United in the summer.

All of Europe’s leading clubs have been alerted to Rooney's situation in recent weeks.

New Europa League champions Chelsea are believed to be in pole position to capture a player who is valued in the £20-25 million bracket.

Paris Saint-Germain had expressed an interest earlier in the year but Madrid and, more surprisingly, Arsenal have also asked to be kept informed of developments in what is shaping up to be one of the biggest transfer sagas of the summer. Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer distanced the Bundesliga giants from signing the player earlier this week.

Rooney has two years remaining on a United contract worth £250,000-a-week, which makes him out of reach for all but an elite minority of the world's richest clubs.

40/1 Wayne Rooney is 40/1 with BetVictor to join Arsenal
United had been ready to offer Rooney a new four-year deal this summer but they would be unlikely to match the terms of his current package, preferring instead to present a more incentivised contract alongside a lower basic wage.

However, the player and his long-time agent Paul Stretford want to sever the forward's ties with Old Trafford.

Publicly, the new Premier League champions have insisted Rooney is "not for sale" but they could be hemmed into a corner if he pushes hard for a transfer as his current transfer value will quickly depreciate once he enters the final 24 months of his contract without extending it.

Arsenal and Chelsea are both in the market for marquee forwards in the forthcoming transfer window, which opens on Monday.

Arsenal are in advanced talks with Fiorentina to sign Stevan Jovetic and Arsene Wenger is also targeting a second marquee striker signing this summer, with Robert Lewandowski and Edin Dzeko among those on his shortlist.

But the Gunners will not be able to move for Rooney unless they secure qualification for next season's Champions League in the last round of Premier League fixtures this weekend. Wenger's team will guarantee a top-four finish if they win at Newcastle United on Sunday.