Sir Alex Ferguson admits Wayne Rooney does want to leave Manchester United
Wazza wants out. It’s official
When the media assembled for their press conference with Sir Alex Ferguson this afternoon they were certainly after some juicy gossip to keep the Wayne Rooney saga rumbling on a bit longer, but I don’t think they expected this.
Sir Alex Ferguson has freely admitted that Rooney does want to leave Old Trafford and that he has known about the England star’s desire to go for a couple of months.
Ferguson said: “I was in the office on 14 August and David [Gill] phoned me to say he (Rooney) wasn’t signing a contract. I was dumbfounded. Only months before he was saying he was at the greatest club in the world. I asked to have a meeting with the boy. He reiterated what his agent said, that he wanted to go.”
Fergie also said the club was as “bemused as anyone can be, we can’t quite understand why he would want to leave”.
He also took a thinly-veiled pop at Rooney’s off-the-pitch misdemeanours. He said:
“We’ve done nothing but help him at this club. Manchester United is that kind of club.
“We’re as bemused as anyone as why he would want to leave a club that’s won 40 major trophies, a platform for anyone. We don’t understand it.
“The player has said he’s adamant he wants to leave. We have to deal with the next part of that, his request.
“In my mind we still have the door open, but who knows?”
In a further humorous twist, the Man Utd boss has revealed that Rooney will not feature in the Champions League clash against Bursaspor tomorrow evening because of an ankle injury. Rooney defied Ferguson last week by claiming he had not been injured at all this season when his manager had publicly said he was ruled out with an ankle injury.
Rooney was all laughs at United’s training session this morning (as you can see above). So much so that OTP was part way through a post claiming that it was part of a cover-up (perhaps it was as far as Rooney was concerned, but Fergie had other ideas).