Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane believes that Wayne Rooney should not seek a move to China over the summer.
The 31-year-old has been slowly phased out of the starting XI by Jose Mourinho this season, with his last Premier League start dating back to December.
It has been reported that Rooney, now reduced to something of a squad player role, has expressed a desire to leave Old Trafford in this summer.
But Keane, speaking on ITV’s Champions League highlights show, was quick to criticise the idea of Rooney leaving Man United.
“He can still play football and still play at the top level in England, Germany, Spain, Italy. Madness.
“Going to China? Madness. He’s 31-years of age. There’s plenty left yet for Wayne Rooney to do in Europe. I don’t think he’s short of money is he.”
It seems as if Keane is more outraged by the idea of Rooney leaving specifically for China, as opposed to criticising the Englishman for merely wanting to leave United. There are, after all, a litany of top sides that would happily seek Rooney’s services.
But if this season has demonstrated anything, it is that Rooney’s legs have called time on life at the top. He has played no fewer than 42 games a season since the age of 16, always at the highest level, alongside five separate international tournaments that all, without exception, saw Rooney bear the brunt of the national spotlight.
With this in mind, a move far overseas to a new, developing environment – where his name continues to be venerated on an almost pathological level – would be an appropriate next chapter for the 31-year-old.