Wayne Rooney has made it abundantly clear he still wants to play for Manchester United next season and has no intention of leaving the club.
Under Jose Mourinho, Rooney’s first team appearances have been very limited to the point now where he is not first choice in any position and his performances when he has played haven’t done anything to show Mourinho he’s simply got to be put back into the starting XI.
Due to that, there are questions over Rooney’s future and whether he will be sold this summer but speaking to the press ahead of Celta Vigo, Rooney said he didn’t want to leave.
He said: “Football changes. You have different challenges in your career. This season I haven’t played as much as I would like. I would like to play more. That’s the way it’s panned out but I’ve tried to help the team on and off the pitch.
“I haven’t thrown my toys out of the pram but I do want to play to help the team.”
When speaking about Mourinho directly, Rooney added: “This club will be successful under Jose Mourinho. Having seen the way he works and how successful he has been, we will be successful.
“If we can win Europa League that will be three trophies in his first season.”
Rooney might not want to leave United but it isn’t in his hands and Mourinho’s decision to keep him on the fringes is a real indicator that he might sell the 31-year-old this summer.
I’ve got no doubt that if Rooney did leave he would re-galvanise himself and find some of his best form once again but we won’t ever see that in a United shirt, his best times at United are behind him.
There comes a time for every player – even the absolute greats – where they have to look at themselves and realise things have to move on. For Rooney, that time is this summer as far as his United career is concerned.