After the recent media speculation regarding the future of Manchester United player Wayne Rooney it has now been confirmed in an interview given by manager Sir Alex Ferguson that the star player wants to leave the football club.
Wayne Rooney's contract is due to end in 2012 and there had been recent rumours that he did not want to sign up to a new contract with Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson also confirmed that Rooney will not play in tomorrow nights match due to an ankle injury, Sky News report.
During an interview with MUTV Sir Alex Ferguson said that there had not been an argument between the two of them and talked about recent contract negotiations. When asked if he was disappointed by the decision, Sir Alex Ferguson said:
"Yes, I’m disappointed, very disappointed, I can’t believe it. When you manage Manchester United, there is always something you have to deal with. We’ve had to deal with these situations over the years. There is a disappointment a lot of the time when you have to deal with modern-day players. It’s not as easy as it was many, many years ago when you were negotiating a contract because then the player had to depend and trust on the manager he worked for."
Talks over a new deal began in the summer with the aim of extending Rooney's contract. In the interview Ferguson made it clear that the offer was still open if Wayne Rooney should change his mind.
Bookmakers Betfred have given odds of 2/7 for Wayne Rooney to no longer be a Manchester United player after the end of the January transfer window. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City have all been named as potential clubs that the player could move to.
Wayne Rooney signed with Manchester United in 2004 in a £25.6 m transfer deal.