Tuesday 24 April 2018

Robson warns Rooney 'grass not greener' outside United

Jamie Holland

Bryan Robson has warned Wayne Rooney "the grass is not always greener" and that the England striker will find it very difficult to match life at Manchester United.

Though David Moyes has repeated a club mantra that Rooney is not for sale, the player has yet to match that sentiment, with the new United boss skirting around the issue when he addressed the former Everton man's intentions last Friday.

Rooney attended yesterday's high-profile announcement at Old Trafford that Russian airline Aeroflot are United's new official carrier and is said to have returned for pre-season training in positive spirits and good condition, which has not always been the case.

Yet his future remains uncertain, with Chelsea and Arsenal among the domestic rivals said to be interested in the 27-year-old, along with cash-rich Paris Saint-Germain in France.

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Robson accepts Rooney must be left to reach his own decision. However, he has advised the striker to think very carefully before choosing the option of severing ties with the club that has been his home for nine seasons.

"Sometimes when you are a great footballer you do look and wonder whether the grass is greener somewhere other than where you are," said Robson.

"But once this club and its fans embrace you it is very difficult to surpass it, or even get the same.

"Wayne has everything he could possibly want at this football club and, as a supporter, I want to see the best players playing here."

Given that Moyes and his entire first-team squad, including Bebe and Federico Macheda, new boy Wilfried Zaha and injured duo Chris Smalling and Ashley Young attended yesterday's event, it is clear some significance – and no little finance – is attached to it.

Moyes offered no insight into the potential signing of Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara, which is said to be reaching its conclusion.

Irish Independent

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