Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will tell new manager David Moyes that he wants to stay at the club, according to reports in today’s Sunday Mirror.
The England international asked for a transfer away from Old Trafford during the last few weeks of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign, but is set to move the goalposts once again with regards to his future.
Rooney told Ferguson that he wanted to leave United towards the end of their title-winning season, according to the former Red Devils boss. That was the second time in recent seasons that his desire to switch clubs has become public knowledge.
He previously agitated for a move to Manchester City back in October 2010 after claiming United lacked ambition, but later performed a U-turn after being offered a big pay rise and a new contract.
Today’s reports suggest that history could be about to repeat itself, with Rooney again flip-flopping on his future.
Both the player and new manager Moyes return from their holidays this week and are expected to meet for talks about Rooney’s intentions. Moyes has made ironing out the Rooney situation one of his top priorities when he starts his new job a week on Monday.
The Sunday Mirror reports suggest that Rooney will claim he never asked for a move away from the club and that Fergie misread his complaints about his role in the team as a transfer request.
Nonetheless, other newspapers are still reporting that Rooney will move to Arsenal this summer.
Ever since the former Everton striker’s transfer request became public knowledge, the Gunners have been touted as his most likely destination.
Arsene Wenger is keen to add quality to his side and placate disgruntled supporters by showing he is willing to invest in quality.
The Mail on Sunday claims that Wenger is preparing a £20 million move to bring Rooney to the Emirates Stadium.
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