Manchester United’s all time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney will quit the club this summer after becoming disillusioned with life in England.
These are the claims made in an exclusive by the Sunday Express who claim that the England captain is set to leave the club as early as next month to continue his career in China!
The England captain was told by Jose Mourinho that he was free to leave the club last summer, but to his credit, Rooney decided he wanted to stay and fight for his place at the club.
Diminishing importance for United
However, once the golden boy of the Premier League and Manchester United’s talisman, Rooney has been relegated to a mere bit part player at Old Trafford, falling behind Alatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford as the main strikers, whilst Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard are preferred in the number 10 position.
He played 90 minutes in Sundays 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, a game that Jose Mourinho made eight changes as he prioritises the Europa League semi final this week.
Rooney has made 34 appearances this season, mostly from the bench, scoring just seven goals in all competitions, his worst ever in his career. He even scored more goals for Everton as a 16-year old in his breakthrough season, scoring 8 in 37 appearances.
It is claimed he is ready to quit the Premier League all together and move to China, where Guangzhou Evergrande, Jiangsu Suning, Beijing Guoan, and Tianjin Quanjian – who also want Diego Costa – are all interested.
Officials in the Chinese Super League are keen to sign Rooney as he would add a greater attraction and credibility to their League.
Rooney still has one more year left on his deal at Old Trafford, while United have an option to extend it further by one year, an option they do not look likely to exercise.
Rooney could earn £32million-a-year to move to China, a staggering £615,000-a-week.
Everton are also thought to be interested in re-signing the striker.
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