GILL STILL CONFIDENT
Manchester United chief executive David Gill has revealed that he is extremely confident that star striker Wayne Rooney will be at the club despite handing a transfer request recently.
This is not the first time that Rooney has handed a transfer request to Manchester United. On the previous occasion, things were extremely different and Rooney was persuaded by manager Sir Alex Ferguson to stay at the club. He signed a five-year contract only days after handing a transfer request.
Now, though, the presence of players like Robin van Persie makes it extremely difficult for Rooney to the considered as the most important player in the United dressing room. As a result, the club has not been extremely keen on offering the striker a new deal. He still has two years left on his contract and he has been widely linked with a move to PSG in the summer. Chelsea have also emerged as one of the front-runners for his signature in the last few weeks.
Ferguson confirmed that Rooney had indeed handed a written transfer request, but the club are confident of keeping him beyond the summer. Rooney has been a peripheral figure in the title winning season for United. Despite this, he has still managed to get 16 goals in all competitions.
“I’m confident he’ll be there next season. He’s a great player, it’s a great club and the club doesn’t want to lose its star players. I’m confident when I sit in Old Trafford next season I’ll see Wayne Rooney running out. As Alex said in his last press conference, Rooney is an issue for David Moyes and the new team to deal with. I’m sure every bit of work is being taken to ensure that happens,” said David Gill about the player, who has made more than 400 appearances for United.