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Ferguson confirms: Rooney wants out of Old Trafford


 

Rooney first said he was leaving on August 14

 

In a statement to assembled media this afternoon, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has confirmed the news that will have the club’s fans up in arms, Wayne Rooney wants to leave.

In a broadcast on the club’s TV channel MUTV, Ferguson revealed the shock news that Rooney first told club officials that he was leaving on August 14 of this year. This will lead to  greater belief that the player does genuinely mean to quit the club, as he made the initial statement two months ago before prostitutes and ankle injuries turned his world into a soap opera.

 

Rooney receiving treatment for 'that' ankle in training

 

While Ferguson refused to answer questions on the subject, he issued a full statement where he confirmed that Rooney’s agent has informed chief executive David Gill that the player wants to leave. Ferguson also revealed that Rooney will miss Wednesday’s Champions League tie with Bursaspor on Wednesday with an ankle injury. It is believed the injury is genuine after Rooney left training earlier in the day with the problem.

The manager went on to say that he was shocked at the news, and felt that the club had always looked after Rooney through his personal problems. He refuted allegations that the pair had argued and were not speaking and said he would be leaving the door open to the player to stay due to his talent.

Via The GuardianFerguson says he was disappointed that Rooney said what he said in the mixed zone following the England v Montenegro game. “A scan showed he had a minor injury. He adds that United “have to keep the door open because he is such a good player”. He adds: “We have done nothing but help him since he came to this club, that is why this is such a mystery to us. We’ve helped him with his private life and other matters … so we’re as bemused as anyone can be because we can’t understand why he would want to leave a club that is successful as we are in British football.”

The focus after an exceptional piece of media management by Alex Ferguson, will be on the player and the intriguing prospect of Man Utd fans turning on their hero. Rooney will not play on Wednesday but could line out this weekend away at Stoke. If he fails to play there, Wolves await in the Carling Cup on Tuesday followed by the most likely fixture, a home clash with Spurs on the Saturday.

Ferguson said: “We are as bemused as anyone can be, we can’t quite understand why he would want to leave. I was in the office on 14 August and David phoned me to say he (Rooney) wasn’t signing a contract,” Ferguson added. “I was dumbfounded. Only months before he was saying he was at the greatest club in the world. I asked to have a meeting with the boy. He reiterated what his agent said, that he wanted to go.

Journalists at the press conference said they had rarely seen Ferguson so willing to let down his guard and that he seemed genuinely upset at what has happened.

Daniel Taylor of The Guardian said: “Rarely seen Fergie so impassioned, so willing to bare his soul, in public – he is extremely let down.” Phil McNulty of the BBC said: “Ferguson impressive there. Pretty full disclosure. Door open but hard to see any way back for Rooney. Man Utd fans will be unforgiving” while Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph added: “Brilliant by Fergie. Huge pressure on Rooney now. Its a recession and he’s asking huge sums + #MUFC looked after him when off-field problems.”

Talk will now turn to the fans and whether Rooney will respond under huge pressure. Ferguson has in many ways left the star out to dry and in one press conference stamped his authority back on the club. Rooney will now be under pressure to explain himself and win over the fans who have supported him for years and idolised him as the latest Manchester United legend.

To watch the press conference, go to http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/m/man_utd/9107091.stm

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