Man Utd forward Wayne Rooney will sign for Paris Saint-Germain, according to a former club official.
Paris Saint-Germain will sign Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney this summer, according to the Ligue 1 team’s former sports advisor Michel Moulin.
The ex-club official, who now runs media organisation Le Sport 10, made the outlandish claims on French television in an appearance today.
“I announce to you from trusted sources: Rooney to PSG is done,” said Moulin, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.
“He will be at PSG next season.”
Moulin’s words follow on from those of PSG stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva in recent weeks, who have each publicly stated their admiration for the Man Utd star and their hopes to play alongside him.
“If he wants to be part of the best project in football then there is only one club to sign for,” says Ibrahimovic, presumably referring to PSG.
“If he is thinking of a new challenge there is no better place to be than here,” added Thiago Silva in rather clearer terms.
Rooney has been linked with a transfer exit from Old Trafford ever since he was dropped for Manchester United’s biggest match of the season, the second leg of their UEFA Champions League tie against Real Madrid.
It was an understandable decision, for Rooney’s lack of positional discipline means that he rarely performs the defensive duties required of him in big games.
His non-marking of Andrea Pirlo for England in UEFA Euro 2012, Sergio Busquets in the 2011 UEFA Champions League final and against Cristiano Ronaldo in the first leg of this tie are all examples of players given too much freedom by Rooney despite clear instructions – in clear contrast to PSG star Ezequiel Lavezzi on Busquets in both legs of their tie against Barcelona.
However, Rooney’s deployment as a defensive option is also illustration that he is not the world class player many thought he would become, for the very best have teams built around them and are rarely forced to fit into a system.
Still, the Englishman certainly has enough quality for the Ligue 1 champions elect, and could be a success in Paris – if Moulin’s sources are correct.