Wayne Rooney confirms there are lots of offers on the table

by Tanveer Arayan

Wayne Rooney has confirmed that he will consider the various offers made to him over the summer after being sidelined by Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

The 31-year-old begun the 2016/17 campaign as a regular starter but soon found himself to the role of token squad player following a string of woeful performances.

Rooney, with just 25 Premier League appearances this season, was introduced during the dying stages of Man United’s 2-0 win over Ajax and his reception was indicative of this perhaps being the last time he wore a United shirt.

And the captain has insisted he will entertain the offers that have been put to him ahead of the summer.

“There are lots of offers on the table, both in England and abroad, and that’s what I have to decide on,” Rooney said.

“I’ve got some decisions to make now over the next few weeks so I will talk with my family and then I’ll decide. I think I have to make a decision in terms of a football decision, and that’s what I’ll do, I’ll do that the next few weeks with my family while I’m away and as soon as I know what’s going on I’m sure you will.”

“Listen, first of all I’ve always been a team player. This year, I’ve never once sulked or let my head drop. I’ve understood what was best for the team, I’ve tried to help when the manager’s played me.

“Of course I want to play. I want to be on the pitch, of course. A younger me would have been a lot more frustrated. I think I understand what’s right and what’s needed for the club, and I respect that.

“Obviously I’m happy to be part of that and in some way help the club win trophies, and that’s the way it’s been over the last year. That’s the decision I have to make now – whether I want to continue doing that or go on and play more regular football.”

If Rooney sticks to his word and does make a “footballing decision” then this entire saga could only end in one way: with an exit through Old Trafford’s back door.

The Englishman’s predicament is clear: the vicissitudes of life at the top bear too strongly on his legs; he has, somewhat incredibly, made more appearances than Paul Scholes before he retired for the first time. But at just 31, you sense he has plenty of time to embark on new, potentially overseas adventures.

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