Saturday 16 December 2017

Rooney's future top of Moyes list

Wayne Rooney has been linked with a move to Arsenal
Wayne Rooney has been linked with a move to Arsenal

Jeremy Wilson

WAYNE ROONEY remains open to a move away from Manchester United, but will listen to what David Moyes has to say about his role at Old Trafford next season before making a final decision.

Rooney has been on holiday since England's 2-2 draw with Brazil on June 2, but is thought to have spoken to his new manager on the phone.

Those talks were amicable, but Rooney is aware of the fact he is entering a key phase of his career and wants to see whether there are other challenges to tantalise him.

At 27, the England international is entering what should be the peak years of his career and does not want to go stale at Old Trafford or merely play a supporting role to the likes of Robin van Persie.

The possibility of a move to Arsenal is an intriguing one given van Persie moved from North London to Manchester almost exactly 12 months ago, although there will almost certainly be other options.

Chelsea are unlikely to sit back and watch him join Arsenal, Paris St Germain have the financial muscle to match any transfer fee or wage demands, while Manchester City could enter the bidding if it becomes clear Rooney wants to move.

As well as signing a player who remains one of Europe's finest, the sight of him in Sky Blue would also be seen as something of a public relations coup.

Moving to Spain would be another option and Brazilian star Neymar has urged Rooney to join him at Barcelona as he feels they will thrive together at the Nou Camp.

Moyes would like the England international to stay, but he also knows there is no point fighting to keep him if he is unhappy as this will be a distraction as he looks to find his feet as Alex Ferguson's successor.

A bidding war would suit United as it will maximise Rooney's value in the transfer market, but the quicker a deal is done the better in terms of Moyes being able to sign a replacement. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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