Rooney wants out - Ferguson

2010-10-19 15:42

Manchester - Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed on Tuesday that star striker Wayne Rooney has said he wants to leave the club.

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"I had a meeting with him. He intimated to me in his own way that he wanted to leave," Ferguson said, admitting he was "shocked and disappointed" by the player's stance.

Speculation about Rooney's future had raged for days after Ferguson dropped the 24-year-old England international for last Saturday's Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion.

It came after Rooney publicly contradicted Ferguson's claims that he was suffering from an ankle injury by telling reporters he was fully fit.

Ferguson finally broke his silence on the saga at an extraordinary press briefing here Tuesday, confirming that Rooney had requested to leave Old Trafford but denying any argument with the player.

A clearly shell-shocked Ferguson said he had first been made aware of Rooney's desire to leave before the start of the new season when informed by United chief executive David Gill.

"It was a shock. I couldn't believe it," said Ferguson.

"In early discussions - in March I think - we had discussions with him, he intimated he wanted to stay, that he wanted a life contract with the club, that he was at the best club in the world.

"It was terribly disappointing to get the news. We couldn't understand it. We have to keep the door open because he is such a good player," Ferguson said, admitting he was baffled by the position of Rooney, who he signed as a teenager from Everton in 2004.

"We have done nothing but help him since he came to this club, that is why this is such a mystery to us. We've helped him with his private life and other matters," Ferguson said.

"So we're as bemused as anyone can be because we can't understand why he would want to leave a club that is so successful as we are in British football."

In another twist, Ferguson revealed that Rooney had been injured in training on Tuesday and would not be in the squad for Wednesday's game with Bursaspor.

Ferguson also expressed disappointment that Rooney had contradicted his comments about being injured, insisting he had been nursing an ankle knock.

"Why he came out and said that you can only guess yourself. It was disappointing he said that," Ferguson said in an interview with United's MUTV television channel.

"He got an ankle injury in the Rangers game. He was seen clearly hobbling at half-time. He confirmed it himself in an interview with Sky," Ferguson said.

"My idea, based on the fact he wasn't playing that well, was to leave him out of the Sunderland game, make sure his ankle is properly prepared for the next game, and give him a 10-day recovery so he could play for England.

"My hope was that by playing for England at Wembley he could recapture his form and we could kick on."

Media reports had said Rooney and Ferguson had fallen out after the publication of lurid tabloid reports about the player's private life, with Rooney complaining about a perceived lack of support from Ferguson.

With Rooney having only 18 months left on his existing contract, United will now likely be forced to sell their prized asset, valued at £50m, in order to recoup as high a price as possible for the player.

Manchester United's cross-town rivals Manchester City have emerged as the favourite to land Rooney, with the player's wife reportedly reluctant to entertain a move overseas.

The Guardian said any move by Rooney to Eastlands would represent the "most rancorous and staggering transfer of modern times."

The newspaper reported City would do everything they could to land the player, noting that City's administrator Brian Marwood has a long-standing association with Rooney's agent, Paul Stretford.

"We hadn't discussed signing Rooney until the last week because we never thought he would be available, just like we have never discussed signing Lionel Messi from Barcelona," a senior Manchester City figure told the paper.

A move to Manchester City would likely see Rooney become the highest paid player in English football, more than doubling his current salary of £90 000 per week to as much as £250 000 per week.


  • dubcoza - 2010-10-19 15:48

    I am a united fan and can say that this farce is getting ridiculous. The same problem happened at Liverpool. These American owners are useless and are stuffing up a succesful brand and team. Disgusting.

  • heathcliff - 2010-10-19 15:50

    i dont support english footall but it would be funny to see him go to man city hahahaha please go to man city hahaha

  • Rhorhwesikhuni - 2010-10-19 15:55

    Let him leave, it is not like the team is doing well with him there right now. I do not think it will make much difference. When a player is not happy, he will not give his all. Let him go where he feels he will be happy and perform to the best of his abilities.

  • Mike - 2010-10-19 16:05

    What a dck. £130 K per week not enough for him ? Actually he is not good enough to make the current City side !

  • Red devil - 2010-10-19 16:08

    Need new blood at old Trafford, got get some of CHelseas goal scorers. Let him go maybe he found a new steky somewhere!!!!

  • YEESSSS! - 2010-10-19 16:11

    Finally, you have seen the light Wayne. Get out of that sh!t club while you can. MU sucks, Arsenal rules - come to the Gunners, please.

  • Dee - 2010-10-19 16:16

    I never understood the "hype" around him anyway. I say, let him go! Even if it is to Man City ...... bye, bye Rooney!

  • Theo - 2010-10-19 16:18

    Rooney has just learned the way man united operate; whoever goes up against the old man always comes second. He must ask Beckham, Roy Keane, Van Nisterooy and many others. Big heads are simply not tolerated at Man U.

  • Harold - 2010-10-19 16:19

    Let him go Sir Alex! Someone else will replace him Macheda maybe. United were great before him and we will be great after he has left. Tom Cleverley is another player waiting to be unleashed.

  • Modise - 2010-10-19 16:19

    wow!!!!!!!!!!. There was always going to be one man left standing. And, the winner is ..............

  • KIshen Pillay - 2010-10-19 16:20

    Don't ever bite the hand that feeds you. It's an old saying but very true too. United and all persons related to them supported Rooney when he was heavily criticised and under the cosh but now he does this? It can't be that he wants to leave for footballing reasons, so what is it? Regardless of recent form and lack of goals the energy, desire, aggression and commitment he shows are unrivalled. Without a doubt we will miss Wayne (there is no use of keeping a player who wants to go) and it seems that the only striker of a similar standard and would open to transfer is Fernando Torrres, Diego Forlan or possibly Fernando Llorente. I don't think we would react well to another Liverpool striker joining our team so Forlan is the most likey option. However none will match Wayne. "No matter what name leaves the club, the name of the club remains"

  • Rhulane Stan Nkuzana - 2010-10-19 16:22

    Good riddance & good luck. Remember the tantrums he is used to throwing.Only Alex was able to put a lid on his outbursts as he perhaps regarded the man as a father-figure.I do not envy his future boss & his team-mates as they will definitely be pandering to his whims.

  • jovie - 2010-10-19 16:26

    Simple!!! You guys are crippling with debt and you cant afford to buy top players.... which star did you buy in the last 18 months??? United are going the same way as Liverpool. Debt upon Debt.... someone needs to buy out the glaziers and their debt...

  • Nicolas - 2010-10-19 16:31

    and Madrid will be lining up another 120$ million offer. Welcome to Spain boy.

  • United Fan - 2010-10-19 16:34

    Rooney is a class player and it will be a shame to see him go. Hopefully he realises that his problems are personel and not the club so leaving United wont change his personal problems.

  • Greg - 2010-10-19 16:35

    Soccer is a game for woesies. Rooney you big baby.

  • KAVUMBA NGOMA - 2010-10-19 16:36

    Please Wayne don't go....

  • Jacman - 2010-10-19 16:39

    I have been a die hard United fan for a long time. Ive seen them come and ive seen them go. Rooney IS one of the best. unfortunately his being a little bitch now. Im 100% with KIshen Pillay. United helped him to where he is now. And look at most of the united players that left, Becks, Van Nistelrooi etc. not one of them is playing as much/good as when they did for United. PS. @ YEESSSS!! - Your side sucks and that is why you want rooney to go to them.

  • Tony - 2010-10-19 16:41

    Goodbye and good riddens ROONEY. Enjoy the meddles you have its probably the last you'l get. Never thought he was that great, only "hyp" like all English players and teams. When its comesa to the crunch they can't perform. Rooney would probably do better as a mid fielder.

  • GeePMB - 2010-10-19 16:47

    Rooney was found on the streest of Liverpool and snapped up by Everton and had the world at his feet. He took the fithy lucre offered by Man U and became another football "celeb". No-one doubted his talent but, like any youngster, the money went to his head (both of them) and now he thinks he is bigger than the game. One thing you never do is cross Ferguson, just ask Beckham, van Nistelrooy and co. Frankly, like most home-grown British footballers, Rooney is just a chav with some talent and you can't ever take the chav out of them no matter how much money they have.

  • AL - 2010-10-19 16:49

    Man U build them up to be superstars, their heads grow bigger than the team, they eventually leave and their career starts the downfall from that point. I do think he`s class but when he`s bad he`s really bad. We`ll be fine with Nani, Hernandez and Bebe` up front.

  • @dubcoza - 2010-10-19 16:56

    I couldn't agree more. I have been a United fan in excess of 50 years and since those freaking useless yanks took over, things just haven't seemed right at the Club

  • Frooney - 2010-10-19 16:57

    NO man is bigger then Man United. if he wants to leave let him leave. someone else will rise to the occation. just as he rose when ronaldo left. difference is. ronaldo was a much better footballer then that shrek look a like. sell him in january and cash in on his ass. F8ck rooney

  • Frooney - 2010-10-19 16:58

    NO man is bigger then Man United. if he wants to leave let him leave. someone else will rise to the occation. just as he rose when ronaldo left. difference is. ronaldo was a much better footballer then that shrek look a like. sell him in january and cash in on his ass. F8ck rooney

  • @YEESSSS - 2010-10-19 16:59

    "Arsenal rules" Bwahahahahaha!!!! When last did Arseholes , oops, sorry, I mean Arsenal put some silverware in their cabinet?

  • @jacman - 2010-10-19 17:32

    Tevez is the best striker in England at present. ferguson didn't even think him good enough to start. Come to Eastlands Wayne,and experience a really good manager & club.

  • Maverick - 2010-10-19 17:40

    Rooney, please don't come to City. We don't need your attitude here. Rather go to Chelsea or Real or any place else. I would much rather see Dzeko partner Tevez, with Ballotelli coming on from the bench as an impact player. Also, to all the ManYoo fans, if he leaves I really hope you guys get to use the money, cause you have a huge number of aging players to replace. Another Ronaldo-debacle will seriously hurt the immediate future of ManU, and with the Glazers, I can't see them allowing Fergie to spend more than 10%-15% of the transfer fees received...

  • tizme - 2010-10-19 17:41

    Let that monkey, who tought can play football go, lets c 4rm here if ever his career will take , downhill fro here ma boy, and ohhhh u can go get the pros now

  • Kube$ - 2010-10-19 18:27

    Do you honestly think this oke will play for Real or Barca? Pls gimme a break. He will shine the bench if he is lucky. Ince, Gazza, Platt,Linekar,Mcmanaman, Owen, etc, NO ENGLISHMAN HAS MADE IT IN COMPETITIVE LEAGUES OUTSIDE UK. Becks did well but he was part of a Madrid side that was out of this world .Last year I was being lambasted for stating the facts and that is PROONEY sucks , TOLD YOU so. And dont come to Arsenal MOFO.

  • Victor - 2010-10-19 20:18

    Borned & brewed in the country of milk & honey-Bafanna Bafanna & the mighty Amakhosi Kaizer Chiefs is the best.Steadily Bafanna show the world that they are more -than-welcome to experience the development of soccer in our beautyful country.

  • tyesi sbu - 2010-10-19 21:24

    plz wayne we still need u in old trafford

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  • rico - 2010-10-19 21:54

    how do players kiss the shirt they are wearing and swear alligance...they then make a tosser of themselves when they get caught shagging around and now the club is at has changed...players like giggs scholes gerrard and the like have resisted large money offers and stayed loyal....i wish players remained more loyal...rooney has turned into a spoilt brat...he can piss off to City or where ever and he will lose all the guidance and experience Sir Alex can offer...he has a great eye and develops players and brings out their talent....rooney want leave bye bye wanna stay ...suck it up and be a man and show your true ability and talent

  • S Pillay - 2010-10-19 23:16

    I'm really shocked...why would a man who could be the star of the world's biggest club want to leave so adamantly???It would be ridiculous for Rooney to play for any other team...However, it seems as though our hero of last season has lost all of his prowess snd skill. I'm happy that Berba has come to the party. I wouldn't mind selling Roo, knowing that we could cash in on players like Benzema or and Dzeko. To all my United brothers, never fear. Sir Alex always has a plan.

  • Nardus - 2010-10-20 01:34

    don't get the big hype that this is causing?? Football games have become a farce, and results are predetermined long before kickoff - not dissimilar to WWE in the states. It has become more of an entertainment sideshow than real competitive sport.Rooney is just another cog in the moneymaking machine, and is playing his part in keeping the Papers being printed, the Channels being watched, the shirts being sold, etc etc...

  • Arsenal fan - 2010-10-20 07:45

    Get rid of old fergie, he is the problem. Look at what happened with Beckham.

  • AJ - 2010-10-20 07:49

    All the footballers wives want to get to London as soon as possible. End of story.

  • Eric C - 2010-10-20 09:11

    I agree with @ Mike and Dee and Frooney - Let the little so-and-so leave if he wants to . United do not need wankers and scousers and extortionists in the team . One of the reasons that he wants to leave aside from his extra marital exploits is that he has been compared to players like Messi and Ronaldo because he had one good season last year and he now believes he is worth a fortune in wages - absolute joke , he does have a high work rate but generally as a striker he is not as good a finisher as Jermaine Defoe or Messi or Higuain or Eto'o or even Tevez . He only plays well when he scores and he seldom scores in consecutive games - throughout his career he has always gone several games without scoring yet because he is English and he plays for the best club in the world the Ehglish media put him on a pedestal . Take him out of United where he is the star and put him in a team like Madrid and he will fade into obscurity . Let him go , United have always risen above situations like this and will do so again . GGMU !!!!

  • Anti MAN U - 2010-10-20 09:33

    To all MAN fans ,let this spoilt bratttttt go.Is he bigger then the team. This should be a lesson to the MAN fans for hero worshipping one player.The same that happened to beckam will happen to him.I cant wait to see whether Man U comentators still praise him , when he plaese for another team, especially if he moves to La Liga.

  • Dragonpig - 2010-10-20 09:38

    My saddest day as a United fan was when Tevez left, I wasn't too upset about Ronaldo (his best days are gone now too after he left Man U) And Rooney is a great player and I'm a huge fan but if he wants to go, let him go. There was life after Bekham, Van Nistlerooy, Ronaldo etc so there will be life after Rooney. Man United always pull something out of the hat. Maybe the way to go is not to sign a big name but develop players like Mecheda and Welbek and so on

  • HisChoice - 2010-10-20 10:36

    I won't pretend that I don't feel gutted that Rooney wants to leave but I can understand where he's coming from. He is young and wants to experience life outside of England and he may not get a better chance than now while he is still yet to peak. I'm pretty sure he has been listening to his pal Ronaldo about how great it is to play in Spain and I think thats where he wants to go. Now let's not hate him for wanting too spread his wings, he has given us 7 great years and won tons of trophies. As for the money we got for him, I don't see us making any big signings. We got 90mil for Ronaldo and all we did was buy Valencia for 20mil. What happened to the other 70mil? Pocketed by the Americans, as I'm sure the majority of Rooney's transfer fee will be.

  • Wrighty - 2010-10-20 11:36

    Do it the Arsene / Arsenal way . . Aside from Fabregas who became famous at Arsenal there is not a single marquee player at Arsenal yet the youngsters there are capable of taking on and beating the best teams out there including United ,Liverpool , Chelsea , Real Madrid and Barca ( in the CL) , so it proves that if given a chance, boys can become men . United must not knuckle under and break the wage structure for self-important ungrateful twats like Shrek who think they are bigger than the team , rather let them go and develop the youth who come through the academy and youth system both of which are excellent at United - Giggs , Scholes , Becks , Neville , Butt are prime examples and all cost nothing in the first place . There are some exceptionally talented youngsters who would make the starting line-up in any team in the EPL but because of shites like Shrek and Co they end up being sent out on loan - Cleverly , Pogba , Will Keane, Cofie not to mention Valencia ( injured) , Welbeck , Marcheda , Hernandez , Diouf , Manucho , etc etc and there is still Owen as back-up. United are certainly not short of talent .

  • dave - 2010-10-20 12:45

    ALL YOU MAN UNITED SUPPORTERS ARE GAY let Shrek go to where he wants cause sir boozalot (ferguson) is a #$$%$%

  • Me - 2010-10-20 13:23

    Better off without him.

  • GaryMUFAN - 2010-10-20 17:22

    Get rid the spoilt brat!!!!! Lets see if any other manager can handle him, he has never really been any good in an England shirt anyway!!!!!! It's thanks to fergie that he not playing 2nd div football as he was bound to self distruct!!!!! Can you imagine what kind of self opinanted idiot thinks he is worth 250000 pounds per week in the form that this D#%s is in now.

  • RedDevil - 2010-10-20 17:41

    dave - is that the best you can come up with? You're clearly a "man" of high intellect and outstanding wit. 

  • NSE - 2010-10-20 20:10

    As Sir Alex said... I am hugely shocked and disappointed by him wanting to leave but I am hugely shocked and disappointed by why he wants to leave. United not attracting enough big names? Well we were NEVER a team to really sign big names Wayne. We don't sign stars, we make them (Say what Rooney, Beckham, Giggs, Ronaldo... and many more). And you say you want to be at a club that wins trophies? well we have never lacked in that department. I think you must go, we survived without Beckham, Ronaldo, etc. and will do without you, I for one will be happy you leaving Old Trafford and taking that arrogant ass to Real Madrid (now there's a team with a real dream team, but do they win trophies, HELL NO). They are like lil rich kids who wants to buy the things they never worked for. Good riddance is what I would say. In case you haven't noticed you haven't really been scoring for us or for England for that matter.

  • Reds - 2010-10-21 16:01

    Haaa Haaa @ Dave, Couldn't have put it nay better Myself. I'm in Total Agreement.

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