Wayne Rooney won’t be leaving Manchester United any time soon. Chelsea reportedly made a strong bid to sign the striker, but his current club rejected the overtures.
New Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho publicly expressed admiration for Rooney last week and on Wednesday the team released a statement that it had, indeed put in a bid to Man U.
The statement from Chelsea said:
“Chelsea Football Club can confirm that yesterday it made a written offer to Manchester United for the transfer of Wayne Rooney.”
“Although the terms of the offer are confidential, for avoidance of doubt and contrary to what is currently being briefed to the press in Sydney, the proposed purchase price does not include the transfer or loan of any current players from Chelsea to Manchester United.”
Rumors had circulated that Chelsea offered to send Juan Mata or David Luiz to United as part of the exchange for Rooney.
Rooney is reportedly “angry and confused” about his status with United after new manager David Moyes and chief executive Ed Woodward made comments about his situation with the team recently. But since taking over for Sir Alex Ferguson, Moyes has repeatedly stressed that Rooney is not for sale. Reports suggest the bid from Chelsea was quickly declined.
In 400 appearances over nine years with United, Rooney has tallied 197 goals. He is considered the heart and soul of the club, but as of late it appears he wants to find a way to leave Old Trafford. He already attempted to depart once, back in 2010, but relented after he worked out a new contract with the team.
At some point it looks like there will have to be a break between the two sides. If Rooney really is tired of being with Manchester United, he’ll figure out a way to make it happen. That doesn’t mean he’ll be headed to Chelsea, since a transfer to a rival English club would be tough for United to swallow, but he could eventually leave for elsewhere in Europe.