Roy Keane has described Wayne Rooney’s potential transfer to China’s Super League as ‘madness’, amid reports that the agent of Manchester United skipper is in the process of finalising a move.
Agent Paul Stretford is reported to be in China right now as Rooney considers a possible move to their Super League ahead of next Tuesday’s transfer deadline, but former United captain Keane is not impressed by the apparent eagerness of his former team-mate to cash his chips in by making the lucrative switch.
“There is no way Wayne Rooney should be going to China,” Keane told ITV Sport.
“He can still play at the top level in England, Spain, Germany or Italy without a shadow of a doubt.
“Going to China? Madness. He’s 31-years-of-age. There is plenty more left for Wayne Rooney to do in Europe. I don’t think he is short of money is he?”
Ireland assistant manager Keane also served up a typically feisty view of United manager Jose Mourinho after watching his side beat Saint-Etienne 1-0 in the second leg of their Europa League tie, securing a comfortable 4-0 aggregate win.
While Keane has offered up some encouraging words for Mourinho after an improving first season as United boss, he was less than complimentary about his attitude after the win in France.
When presenter Mark Pougatch suggested Mourinho had a bit of swagger back in his stride, Keane offered up these comments: “That is a pity really because the you’d like to see a but more humility from the guy.
“But you knew that once they started winning a few games, yeah, he would get back to his old cocky self.”
Keane clashed with Mourinho back in 2014 during his time as Aston Villa assistant manager, as he was not impressed by an offer to shake his hand from the then Chelsea boss before the final whistle had been blown in a game at Stamford Bridge.
These latest comments suggest the animosity built up over that incident and what Keane doubtless perceives as Mourinho’s arrogance add up to concoction that ensures he is never likely to be his biggest admirer.