Gary Neville calls on Wayne Rooney to make a decision over his future

by Leo Nieboer

Gary Neville has called on Wayne Rooney to make a decision over his future amid uncertainty surrounding his predicament at Old Trafford.

The 31-year-old has rapidly descended down the Manchester United pecking order over the past year and has only managed seven Premier League starts since the turn of the year.

Rooney confirmed soon after winning the Europa League last month that he had received a number of offers, insisting he would make a “footballing decision” over the summer.

But Neville, with the Englishman’s future still up in the air, has called on his former teammate to make a swift decision over what he does next.

“You don’t want to create voids for speculation around such big players,” he said. “I am surprised it has not been dealt with.”

Rooney has already been seen working hard at Carrington whilst his teammates continue to enjoy exotic trips abroad, which could mean a couple of things: the first being that he is doing everything he can to cling on to his place at Old Trafford, and the second possibility being that he is keeping himself fit ahead of a move elsewhere.

But where? Neither Everton or Stoke can afford him; a move to China looks unlikely following the Beijing government’s recent 100 per cent tax on foreign players and the striker’s probable doubt over uprooting his young family to the Far East. And with Mourinho set to make further investments in attacking midfield this summer, his chances of breaching the starting XI are even smaller.

It is, without doubt, a testing – and ambiguous – time for the United captain.

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