October 19th, 2010
QOTD: Alex Ferguson on Wayne Rooney – UPDATED
On his way? Apparently. (Getty Images/Daylife)
UPDATE: Wayne Rooney has released a statement this afternoon confirming his desire to leave Manchester United. The reason? The player was not given ‘any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad’. You can read it here.
‘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.’
Sir Alex Ferguson in a pre-Champions League press conference today.
Upon waking this morning, we applied our usual degree of scepticism to tabloid stories claiming that Wayne Rooney had rejected contract talks with Manchester United and was looking for a move, possibly to United’s rivals Manchester City. Then came the press conference and an interview with United’s in house TV channel MUTV.
‘Wayne has intimated to me in his own way that he wants to leave Manchester United. David Gill (United chairman) had a talk with his agent at the end of last season and that was to be continued after the World Cup.
Then David phoned and said it was bad news and Wayne’s agent had intimated that he wanted to go. We’re terribly disappointed because we can’t understand it.’
There’s no offer on the table for Wayne because they’re not prepared to listen to an offer.’
We’d have been prepared to stick our combined credit card bills on any of the following stories breaking before this:
- Fernando Torres figuring out where the goal is.
- Cristiano Ronaldo buying some decent trousers.
- Arsenal buying a goalkeeper.
In other words, we’re stunned. You?