Wayne Rooney given secret access to Manchester United’s transfer dossier
David Moyes confided in Rooney after the player agreed to enter contract talks at Old Trafford
January 27th, 2014
Chelsea were eager to capture the signature of Wayne Rooney last summer although Manchester United held firm and it has now emerged that David Moyes even went as far as to reveal transfer secrets to the forward in order to keep him at the club.
The Guardian reports that Rooney was convinced to enter talks over a new and improved contract after Moyes revealed that there were grandiose plans to improve the current squad, something which has been borne out by the recent signing of Juan Mata.
Manchester United are now in the hunt for more players and Yohan Cabaye could yet arrive at Old Trafford before the January transfer window shuts, with a fee of £25million expected to be enough to capture the Frenchman and give the champions a new-look midfield.
It appears that Rooney was given advance notice about the £37million deal to capture Mata’s signature, with the Spaniard expected to make his United debut against Cardiff City on Tuesday night.
While Rooney had a frosty relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson towards the end of the latter’s time as manager, it appears that Moyes and chief executive Ed Woodward have been keeping the player in the loop when it comes to Manchester United’s vision, thus emphasising the regard in which the England international is held at the club.
Rooney has previously pushed for a move away from Old Trafford, handing in a transfer request in October 2010, citing the club’s apparent lack of ambition as a reason for wanting to leave although he swiftly reversed the decision and signed a new deal.
It has subsequently emerged that Rooney urged Ferguson to try and sign Mesut Ozil, although the former manager reveals in his autobiography that he wasn’t open to discussing transfer policy with one of his players.
“I told him that to say we weren’t ambitious was nonsense,” Ferguson says in his latest autobiography. “Wayne said that we should have pursued Mesut Özil. My reply was that it was none of his business who we should have gone for. I told him it was his job to play and perform.”