Published On: Fri, Mar 8th, 2013

United striker’s future debated

Wayne Rooney is expected to remain at Manchester United after several European clubs looked set to refuse the option to sign the striker, according to reports.

The Daily Mail earlier reported how the Englishman was set to leave Old Trafford after being left on the bench for the Red Devils’ crucial Champions League tie with Real Madrid, which they lost 2-1.

Set to leave?

The Mail’s report told how the striker’s advisors had revealed how should he leave the Premier League leaders in the summer there would be offers ready for him.

The newspaper reported how Manchester City would refuse the chance to sign the striker as they look to pursue the chance to sign Radamel Falcao or Edinson Cavani.

It is believed that Rooney would prefer a move to Spain, with Barcelona and Real Madrid rumoured to be interested in the 27-year-old, but look put off amid rumours that he is struggling with fitness, according to the newspaper.

In addition to this, all three interested parties are deterred by the England international’s wage demands in excess of £200,000 per week.

Striker to stay

However, in a shock twist of events, Sir Alex Ferguson has told the media how Rooney will remain at Manchester United at least until the end of next season.

The United legend told the BBC of his relationship of Rooney and how it was purely a tactical decision to leave him out of the side to face Real Madrid.

The Scotsman said: “He’ll be here next year. You can have my word on that.

“There is no issue between myself and Wayne Rooney. To suggest we don’t talk is nonsense.

“He understood the reasons completely. Tactically we got it right. We don’t always but we did then.”

The striker has scored 166 times in 343 appearances for United and is expected to play against Chelsea on Sunday in the FA Cup quarter final tie.

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