Man Utd – Club Focus – Smart money on Rooney to Man City

It’s Christmas Day on Fleet Street. The papers are bursting at the seams with the news that Wayne Rooney wants out of Old Trafford.

Amongst the various exclusives, editorials, comments and blog, they still find enough room to speculate where Rooney will be off to next.

Despite early suggestions he could be swapping the red of Manchester for the blue, reports in most of this mornings suggest Chelsea are preparing to pounce for the striker, with Roman Abramovich prepared to fund the ‘marquee’ signing he has been promising Carlo Ancelotti for two years.

Other muted destinations for the wantaway star are Manchester City and Real Madrid, but since Ferguson broke the news yesterday, both clubs managers have spoken about their belief that Rooney will remain at Manchester United.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Lech Poznan, City manager Roberto Mancini said, “He is a United player. It’s not correct to speak about that situation. Rooney is a great player but I think he’ll stay at United,”

Speaking after Real’s 2-0 win over AC Milan in the Champions League, Mourinho told Sky Sports News: “He will stay. He probably wants to leave for some reason but I believe he belongs to Man United, he belongs to Man United fans, he belongs to Old Trafford.”

With Rooney’s future still largely up in the air, it might be worth a flutter. With SkyBet, – Rooney is now 4/9 on to leave United during the January transfer window, 13/8 to stay and a distant 7/2 to still be at the club at the start of next season.

As far as his next club is concerned, Totesport have Manchester City at 7/4, Real Madrid at 2/1, Barcelona at 4/1, Chelsea at 5/1 and if you fancy riding down to the bookies on the back of Shergar, you could put a 150/1 wager on Rooney returning to his home city and joining Liverpool.

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