Wayne Rooney set for Chelsea switch after Moyes comments

At the age of 27, Wayne Rooney is entitled to feel he’s at the peak of his career and certainly doesn’t want to be playing second fiddle to Robin van Persie at Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney set for Chelsea switch after Moyes comments

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July 17th, 2013

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At the age of 27, Wayne Rooney is entitled to feel he’s at the peak of his career and certainly doesn’t want to be playing second fiddle to Robin van Persie at Old Trafford.

Although David Moyes insists that the player is not for sale, the new Manchester United manager has also stated that Rooney is required should his Dutch team-mate sustain any kind of injury – not exactly a ringing endorsement of the player’s credentials.

According to the latest reports, Rooney is “angry and confused” by Moyes’ comments and it appears he is close to the Old Trafford exit door, with several firms now going odds-on that he signs for Chelsea before the summer transfer window closes.

Moyes said a few days ago: “Overall, my thought on Wayne is that if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie we are going to need him and I want as many options as possible.”

With no contract extension talks in the offing, it appears United are happy to play hardball with a player who has two years left on his current £250,000-a-week deal, with Chelsea potentially prepared to pay that sort of salary to take him to Stamford Bridge.

“Unless I was speaking double Dutch last week,” said Moyes on Friday ahead of United’s surprise defeat to Singha All Stars, “we said Wayne Rooney is not for sale.”

Nevertheless, with Moyes not prepared to guarantee the player first-team football, his departure looks increasingly likely.

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