The British media have been quick to contemplate where Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney’s future lies, with rumblings that the England international is unsettled at Old Trafford.
The talented forward has not replicated the form of seasons past in 2012/13, and was controversially left out of the Red Devils side to take on Real Madrid in the Champions League earlier in the year. Today, links to PSG are strong in the press, but the gut feeling is that Rooney will not be moving to the French capital, or anywhere else.
Former PSG director Michel Moulin has set a cat amongst the pigeons with his statement on the Wayne Rooney to PSG rumours, claiming that Rooney will move to the Parc des Princes this summer. Moulin told Le Sport:
“I announce to you from trusted sources: Rooney to PSG is done. He will be there next season.”
A £25 million switch to the Parisians is reportedly on the cards, with United looking at the likes of Radamel Falcao and Robert Lewandowski as a replacement.
Rooney has got used to being the main man at United, and the summer signing of Robin van Persie has added competition and also meant that the former Everton man has had to share the limelight with the Dutch forward. Despite these factors, the clever money will be on Rooney donning the Reds’ shirt once more in 2013/14.
Rooney may well no longer be an automatic in the starting lineup for United given the presence of Van Persie, Danny Welbeck, Shinji Kagawa and Javier Hernandez, but he is still a valuable asset for the team. The dream partnership of Rooney and Van Persie remains the ideal attacking duo for United; the others offer different attributes for Sir Alex Ferguson tailored to their opponent.
Rooney is still on his day one of the best strikers in the Premier League, and Sir Alex will be keen to keep the forward as long as he can offer the Old Trafford side something. The 27-year-old still has a lot to offer for the next number of years, and Sir Alex will not forget the positive contributions Rooney has made over his nine years at the club.
Wayne Rooney and Manchester United have an affinity to one another, and the striker still has a big role to play in the club’s attempts to dominate English and European football going forward.