Ray Wilkins says Wayne Rooney’s proposed move to Chelsea would be a step-down for the player.
Wilkins, who played for both Manchester United and Chelsea, believes Rooney should stay with the Old Trafford outfit, declaring that ‘once you leave Manchester United there’s only one way you are going’.
Rooney has been the subject of much speculation and two failed bids from Chelsea this summer, although the player himself has yet to comment officially on the matter.
Wilkins believes that the competition for a first-team striking berth at United is healthy and that Rooney should fight for his place at Old Trafford.
Despite this view, the Chelsea legend admitted he would love to see Rooney at Stamford Bridge.
“I would love nothing more than to see Wayne Rooney wearing that blue shirt,” Wilkins told TalkSPORT.
He accepts though that David Moyes would be ‘crazy’ to sell such an influential and iconic player to a domestic rival, admitting he’d have to go abroad - a lesson Arsenal learnt the hard way with Robin van Persie last season.
United legend Lou Macari has also had his say on the matter, urging Rooney to break his media silence.
“If you want to go, come out and say ‘ I want to leave Manchester United’, and if you want to stay, come out and say ‘I want to stay’. But we hear nothing, not just from Wayne but from all the players nowadays,” he told Sky Sports.
Macari does not doubt Rooney’s ability on the pitch, but fears that if the saga is not resolved soon, United fans will lose their patience with Rooney and his relationship with the club with turn sour.
Rooney missed United’s trip to AIK with a shoulder injury, which will only stoke the embers of the media’s transfer fire.
With the end of the transfer window only four weeks away, Rooney and United must make up their minds.
If he stays, he will need to earn back the respect and admiration on the pitch; if he goes, it will be the way that his relationship with the club who loved him and made him the player he is today broke down that is remembered in years to come.
Wilkins clearly agrees with this point, admitting that it would be a sad way for such a relationship to end.
“It shouldn’t end this way, it’s getting horrible,” he concluded.
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