The transfer saga which has encapsulated the summer took yet another twist earlier today, as Manchester United boss David Moyes reaffirmed his stance on not selling Wayne Rooney.
And Moyes also stated that Rooney could return to action in a matter of weeks… who believes that?
Manchester United’s manager for starters. Speaking after United suffered another friendly defeat, this time a 3-2 loss to Yokohama in Japan, Moyes expects 27-year-old Rooney to play in Sweden against AIK Fotboll on August 6.
“I do expect Wayne to be in Stockholm. As far as I know he is coming on,” Moyes said. “He has started light jogging and the feedback from the physios is that he is progressing, so hopefully those dates will still be right when we get back.”
It didn’t take long for Moyes to be asked about Chelsea’s bid for Rooney and if the club plans to let the England international leave Old Trafford.
“We have said, and the club have said, he is not for sale. That has not changed.”
So there you have it. Straight from the horses mouth.
But other players and managers have been speaking out about the Rooney situation, with Chelsea’s Ashley Cole saying: “For me, if there’s a player who wants to come to Chelsea, it would be one thought in my mind — to come here and to be under a great manager.”
While Mourinho has been coy but cryptic in his latest comments, when asked if he’s playing mind games with David Moyes. “If to say my colleague in United is a great coach, deserves success, deserves time to work, didn’t win trophies at Everton because it’s difficult to win trophies there … if that is playing mind games, what would you say if I speak bad about him?”
And Chelsea’s young striker Romelu Lukaku revealed he would love to play alongside Rooney at Chelsea.
All this mounts more pressure on Moyes and United. The sooner they sort this out, the better.
I’ll leave you with this interesting report. This morning pictures emerged of Rooney playing a round of golf just ten miles from Chelsea’s Cobham training ground. Make of that what you will.
But should a player that is suffering from a hamstring injury really be out on the golf course while he’s recovering? Seems like Rooney just doesn’t care anymore. And if this saga drags on any longer, plenty more people will start to loose interest too.
Or maybe not.