The Englishman has had a turbulent 2013 to date.
It’s been a strange year for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney so far, with transfer requests, interest from Chelsea and sparkling form this term.
The issues started at the end of last season, when upon leaving United after 26 years in charge former boss Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed the forward had handed in a transfer request.
After that news broke several sides were linked with Rooney, but it was Chelsea that made two bids for the 28-year-old – which were both rejected by the Red Devils, as reported by BBC Sport.
As much as David Moyes’ succession to Ferguson has been difficult, the Scot would have to take some praise for the way the England international has been dealt with.
Moyes had something of an advantage having nurtured Rooney as a fresh-faced teenager when the pair were both at Everton.
Yet convincing that the attacker should stay with the Premier League champions and not only that, also coaxing out some of the best form every seen from the Englishman, has to be credited.
Now new chief executive Ed Woodward – who arrived at United at the same time as Moyes – has hinted that Rooney will sign a new deal with the club.
“I’m delighted that he [Rooney] is still wearing red,” Woodward was quoted by the Mirror.
“I wanted to click my fingers and for it to be September 3. He’s irreplaceable and phenomenal to watch.”
The CEO has also come under criticism for United’s dealings in the transfer market this summer, when a last minute £27.5m move for Marouane Fellaini was the only significant new arrival.
The club failed in attempts to sign Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera and more marquee signings are expected in the near future.
However, until then the prospect of Rooney committing the striker’s future to the club is a positive the fans can hold onto for the time being.
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