Wayne Rooney: I want to leave Manchester United for trophies

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has, according to Eurosport, released a statement justifying his desire to leave Old Trafford.

The striker, who according to his manager Sir Alex Ferguson, has wanted to leave United since as early as just after the World Cup in August, as he has rejected several contract extension offers from the club.

The 24 year-old has been heavily linked with a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona as well as near-by Manchester City and London side Chelsea.

          “I met with David Gill last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad,” Rooney said in the statement.

          “I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract.”

Wayne also expressed his thoughts on what his gaffer had to say in the press conference and to MUTV yesterday, and insisted that he will always show respect to the club and Sir Alex, but he has been concerned with the direction of the club in the future.

          “I was interested to hear what Sir Alex had to say yesterday and surprised by some of it,” he said.

          “It is absolutely true, as he said, that my agent and I have had a number of meetings with the club about a new contract. During those meetings in August I asked for assurances about the continued ability of the club to attract the top players in the world.

          “I have never had anything but complete respect for MUFC. How could I not have done given its fantastic history and especially the last six years in which I have been lucky to play a part?

          “For me its all about winning trophies – as the club has always done under Sir Alex. Because of that I think the questions I was asking were justified.

          “Despite recent difficulties, I know I will always owe Sir Alex Ferguson a huge debt. He is a great manager and mentor who has helped and supported me from the day he signed me from Everton when I was only 18.

          “For Manchester United’s sake I wish he could go on forever because he’s a one off and a genius.”

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