Wayne Rooney has explained that he felt no obligation to speak about his Manchester United future in public this summer and claimed that he is ‘happy’ at United.
Chelsea’s double bid for Rooney was rejected straight away by United both times as the club took a strict ‘not for sale at any price’ policy on the 27-year-old.
His silence, likely imposed by Paul Stretford, fuelled speculation that he would leave but it never materialised. Despite that, Rooney has claimed it was simply in order to help him concentrate on football rather than anything else.
Rooney said: “I’m sure the club made that clear [Rooney not for sale].
“Obviously there’s been a lot of stuff happening and everyone has been waiting for me to say something, but I’ve spoken to the people who matter at the club and we’ve known ourselves what was going on.
“I didn’t want to come out saying anything. I just wanted to concentrate on my football.
“That’s what I’ve done and that’s what I’ll continue to do. I’m not going to go around saying: ‘I wanted to stay’ or ‘I wanted to leave’. I’ll concentrate on my football and see what happens after that.”
Rooney also went on to discuss how settled he has been all summer despite the constant speculation and that although he was upset at his treatment under Ferguson, he was very happy at the club.
“To be honest, I’ve been settled all summer,” he added.
“I really have been happy all summer. From the outside looking in, it might not have seemed like it. But I have been settled.
“My wife had a new child and I’m just delighted to be back playing and injury-free. I’ve got my head down and worked hard. I’ve been focused and I’ve been wanting to prove to people that I am a top player. That’s what I’ve really tried to do.”
If Ferguson didn’t retire, Rooney would likely not be a United player right now but the Scot stood down and Rooney was given a new chance at the club, something he has done so far this season with aplomb.
But Rooney’s claims of being settled seem very shallow. If that was the case, why didn’t he simply come out and say it? He was never settled at the club this summer, that much was obvious, and used the speculation to feed his potential move.
Despite all these claims of being happy and settled, Rooney refused to give a definite answer when questioned about whether he will commit to the club again in the future, which is what makes his claims about being ‘happy’ and ‘settled’ look skin deep.
He said: “You can see I’m playing and I’m happy in my football. I’ll have more discussions with the club and we’ll see what happens from there.”
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