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The five reasons why Rooney wants to leave

Posted by hakanrylander on October 21, 2010

Money. When a professional footballer wants to change clubs he normally claims that this is to “fulfil a dream”, “take the next step”, “get a new challenge” etc. In reality, money is always part of the motivation. More often than not it’s the main reason why a player wants a move. I don’t think Rooney is any different in this respect. As he’s one of the best players in the world, it’s not difficult to imagine that he gets frustrated when across town Yaya Touré earns twice as much.

Form. In the previous paragraph I refered to Rooney as one of the best players in the world. But in fact he hasn’t played anywhere near that level for the last six months, neither for United nor England. On form he deserves to be on the bench as both Berbatov and Hernandez have looked better players recently. As what was supposedly a temporary glitch has turned into the longest slump of his career, many of us have become increasingly worried. None more so than Rooney himself. Since the World Cup it’s likely that he’s given some serious thought to which way his professional career is heading. One conclusion might have been that a change of clubs could help him find his feet again.

The Glazers. The owners of the top clubs in Europe tend to put an awful lot of money into the club, or at least not take anything out. The Glazers on the other hand take countless millions out of the club. This has now made it obvious that United find it very hard to compete for the best players. It’s no wonder that Rooney does not believe that United is a club in ascendency. Does anyone?

His private life. Very difficult to know how important this aspect is. It has probably helped destabilize Rooney, but I still think it’s only a minor factor behind his transfer request.

Paul Stretford. Rooney’s agent orchestrated a very similar move in 2004. Read this highly interesting article by David Conn. I think Stretford is at it again.

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2 Responses to “The five reasons why Rooney wants to leave”

  1. billyboneshaker said

    I agree with almost every point here. Agents are a huge factor in deciding players’ future and always after trying to make money for themselves.

  2. RedJack said

    Ah well, that was a bit of a shocker today. Will i forgive him sooner or later? Probably. The main question(s) is how was this allowed to be circulated in the first place and what actually made him change his mind.

    I’d like to think that a couple of pieces of paper with sneijder and van der vaarts signatures were placed in front of him, i can but dream. Maybe it was a piece of paper that just said £180,000 after tax instead.

    The main thing is we are not down as a club who has to sell and that will mean we can still remain attractive to big names.

    Thoughts anyone?

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