David Ginola: Wayne Rooney should explore possibility of China move

by Tanveer Arayan

Former Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur forward David Ginola believes there is no reason why Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney should not make a big-money move to China.

A number of top players in Europe, such as Alex Teixeira and Ramires, have made the move to China in recent weeks and Rooney became the latest to be linked with a switch this week.

There were rumours that teams in China would be willing to pay £100m for Rooney and Ginola insisted the 30-year-old should explore the possibility of a transfer.

“Should Wayne Rooney move to China? I don’t see why not,” Ginola said.

“He’s done everything he can for Manchester United and for the England national team and if he moves to China he’d be on £500,000-a-week, £2m a month! Players go to the United States to play in the MLS, to Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia, so why not China too?”

Rooney had started 2016 brilliantly for United but he recently picked up an injury which will keep him out of action for up to two months. Last year, Rooney’s form was less than impressive.

Chinese clubs may be prepared to hand Rooney mega-bucks but there is a question mark over whether the player would actually want to move, with wife Coleen recently giving birth to the couple’s third child.

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