Wayne Rooney may have already made his mind up about where his future lies next season and it’s with Manchester United.
That’s according to a report from the Daily Mail, which claims that Rooney might be willing to see out the final year of his £250,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford in a move that sounds pretty sensible to us here at loaded.
With no other club willing to match Rooney’s wages, after a pretty woeful 12 months for club and country, it’s thought that the idea of warming the bench with the Red Devils is an increasingly attractive prospect.
Rooney has just 12 months to run on his mega-money deal, which contains an option allowing United to extend his contract for another year in the highly unlikely event that Rooney rediscovers something even approaching form in the time left.
Prior to this latest twist, it had been assumed that the England international would leave the club in an attempt to gain more first-team football.
Rooney made 25 Premier League appearances for United last term, mostly as a substitute, and scored just five league goals along the way.
It had been thought that Everton, the club where he first made his name, were keen on a deal for the forward but it seems they have been priced out of a move with Rooney’s wage demands and dip in form proving a major stumbling block.
There’s still a chance he may move to China, with the Far East nation’s transfer window set to reopen in July.
However, with Rooney’s family well settled in Manchester and the prospect of a move to China not all that appealing, the forward could settle for a senior squad role under Mourinho.
Quite how The Special One will feel about that is unclear, but after a season spent gradually phasing forward out at Old Trafford he may have mixed feelings about it.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.