In case he leaves Manchester United, Wayne Rooney won’t be a forlorn man after all.
On Thursday, the 31-year-old veteran revealed he has lots of offers as he contemplates on his future.
He made the revelation after United won their first Europa League title at the expense of Ajax 2-0, an emotional victory because the Red Devils played with their mind thinking about the victims of the deadly Manchester blast last Tuesday.
Rooney’s exit at United has been main menu in talks around football after his playing time under manager Jose Mourinho significantly dwindled recently.
He was a late substitute in the Europa League final, an indication many believe could be his last playing day in a United uniform. It indeed was just a token gesture from the United boss.
Rooney had just 26 starts the past season and scored eight goals. He was also left out of the latest England side competing for next month’s matches against Scotland and France.
Could that be also the end of his international career?
And as we see him spending more time on the bench rather than on the pitch, we hardly saw Rooney sulk or show dislike especially to Mourinho.
He displayed professionalism to the highest degree, proving that he is a team player and someone who puts its interest first rather than his individual pursuit.
“A younger me would have been a lot more frustrated,’’ he told The Guardian. “I think I understand what is right and what is needed for the club, and I respect that. Obviously I am happy to be part of that and in some way help the club win trophies, and that is the way it has been over the year.’’
Surely, Wayne understood what is best for United although he is itching to see more action on the pitch during those trying times he merely served as spectator and cheerleader.
And as to his current form as a player, he admitted he was not a better player today than 10 years ago but claimed he has other qualities which can help any team.
And for us, he is still good for another one or two seasons.
The offers, as Rooney bared, are from England and abroad and he will choose from where he is set to play his trade next – stay home or seek another adventure away from home.
In the next few weeks, expect Rooney to make his decision and it is something everyone is waiting with bated breath.
A player of Rooney’s qualities won’t be jobless, we assure you.
Should United ditch him totally, Everton will be willing to embrace him back to their fold.
No less than Everton manager Ronald Koeman said he wants to bring Rooney back to Goodison Park.
It could be part of deal that would send Romelu Lukaku to the Old Trafford club, although the England striker would have to accept a £100,000-a-week pay-cut.
Re-donning Everton jersey won’t be hard for Wayne. It is his boyhood team and he had earlier stated that Everton would be the other English club he would play for besides United. He left the Toffees for the Red Devils in August 2004 in a deal worth £27 million.
Wayne would always be known as a great United player, but the club is moving on and it somehow hurts that he may not be a part of it anymore.
Whether he stays with United, as Mourinho told everyone what he wants his captain to do, or rejoin Everton, or even move to China or the United States, Rooney’s class will be on display.