Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney has given the strongest indication yet that he will leave Old Trafford this summer.
The clubs record goal scorer with 251 goals has fallen well down the pecking order at Manchester United this season, only making a 12 starts in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho.
So often has he been the talisman for United over his 13-year stay at Old Trafford, the Scouser has admitted that he wants to play games.
Would I like to stay? I’ve been at this club 13 years, but I want to play football.
Here? Of course.
I think football changes. You have different challenges in your career. This season I haven’t played as much as I would have liked to.
I’ve tried to help the team on the pitch and off the pitch.
I haven’t thrown my toys out of the pram but I’m a football player and I want to play football. The more I play, the better, and the more I feel I can help the team.
Of course you want to play. You want to play every game. Sometimes that’s football and I’ve had to keep working and try to take my chance. That’s what I’ve done. When called upon I’ll try my best to help the team.”
Rooney has been linked with a move back to former club Everton, as well as a mega money move to the super rich Chinese Super League.
Rooney played a full 90 minutes in United’s recent 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, but is expected to drop to the bench for their crucial Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo this evening.