Manchester United have instructed Wayne Rooney to officially ask to leave the club to join Premier League rivals Chelsea, or knuckle down and work towards retaining the title in the coming season, according to the
Chelsea have made two offers for Rooney, both rejected by the champions, but Rooney is still said to be mulling over his next step. United have though attempted to force the issue by pressing Rooney for a decision, with manager David Moyes insisting that Rooney cannot play for the club until his future is resolved – either by receipt of a transfer request or a public affirmation of his intent to stay at Old Trafford.
The Mirror claims that Rooney is leaning towards formally asking to leave United, nine years after he moved to the club from Everton, then managed by Moyes. Moyes however is said to be hopeful that by forcing Rooney into a corner he will decide to stick it out at his home for almost a decade – and there is still the possibility, the newspaper suggests, that even if Rooney puts in a transfer request, United will refuse to sell to another Premier League team.
A further meeting between player and manager is expected next week, while Rooney is unlikely to be involved in Sunday’s Community Shield fixture with Wigan Athletic after missing almost all of United’s pre-season programme thus far due to injury.
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