There is not a chance that Wayne Rooney will leave Manchester United this summer.
Several factors have combined to make it impossible for Rooney to engineer a move away from Old Trafford, even if he wanted to.
For one, the only two teams to have shown an interest in Rooney as of yet are Chelsea and Arsenal. Even if Rooney wanted a move to either of these clubs, true United fans know that if David Moyes' first act as United manager was to sell their leading talisman to a domestic rival, his reputation would be damaged, perhaps irreparably. Jose Mourinho's thinly-veiled suggestion that Rooney would be best served moving on has brought another dimension to the proceedings.
If Rooney was to move to Stamford Bridge, it would definitely be interpreted as a mental victory for Mourinho in their first battle as managers of England's biggest clubs.
This essentially would leave Rooney with the task of finding a continental club to move to if he still wished to depart Manchester. However, there are only five clubs in Europe with the financial clout to afford Rooney's wages, if we rule out Russian and Middle Eastern teams, which seem highly unlikely destinations for one of the world's best players.
In France, big spending Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain both have billionnaire owners who could finance moves for Rooney, but their respective signings of world class strikers Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani would make any move for them seem unlikely.
The two La Liga giants, Barcelona and Real Madrid. would also seem attractive destinations for the Englishman, but Barcelona's capture of Neymar, and Real Madrid's seeming focus on the acquisition of young Spanish talent such as Isco, Asier Illarramendi and Dani Carvajal make a transfer to Spain seem unlikely.
Finally, last season's German treble winners Bayern Munich have been tentatively linked to the United frontman. But with two possible number 10's, Mario Gotze and Thiago Alcantara moving already this transfer window, and with Robert Lewandowski reputedly on the way, there seems little room for Rooney in Pep Guardiola's Bavarian revolution either.
All in all, Rooney would be best served publicly announcing his commitment to the Red Devil cause and getting his head down for the season, as any effort to jump ship this summer seems doomed to failure, and could signal the start of a long, miserable season ahead before what could prove to be a critical World Cup in Rooney's career next summer.
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