Rooney has been unsettled at Old Trafford all summer and the Blues have had two bids rejected for the England striker, who was withdrawn from the party due to travel to Sweden for a friendly against AIK due to a shoulder injury. The injury is said to be minor but it was thought to be unwise risking the player in an unimportant fixture – and also because his presence would further antagonise the older players also making the trip.
The likes of Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Patrice Evra are said to be among those unhappy with Rooney’s part in the situation, with Rooney taking the blame for appearing to put his own wishes ahead of what is good for the team.
Rooney met with manager David Moyes on Monday, the newspaper adds, and again expressed a desire to leave but stopped short of issuing a formal transfer request. Moyes and United do not want to sell Rooney to Chelsea, who are viewed as a title rival, and may hold out for a club record fee from Jose Mourinho’s side – which would mean topping the £50m paid to Liverpool for Fernando Torres.
Moyes and Rooney have a chequered past – Moyes being the Everton manager who gave Rooney his senior debut, only for the pair to fall out and Moyes to take legal action against Rooney over comments made in his autobiography – but the Mirror suggests it is the mutual respect between the pair that has so far kept Rooney at the club.
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