How quickly things can change in soccer and life in general. A year ago, Wayne Rooney was the king of Manchester, playing the best soccer of his life while scorching nets across Europe. Fast forward to today and the script has flipped with the whispers around England suggesting Rooney could be packing his bags and heading elsewhere growing louder by the day.
It has no doubt been a summer to forget for the Englishmen, with England’s World Cup debacle and the not to pleasant news about his personal life. So far this campaign, Rooney’s play has been anything but noteworthy. Whether due to the off the field drama or not, any Manchester United fan will tell you they aren’t seeing the same fire from their star forward.
Rooney’s poor personal form and the inability of his teammates to keep a lead has lead to immense pressure on the Manchester United players and coaching staff. Following Rooney’s recent comments that he is completely healthy and that Sir Alex Ferguson’s claims of an injured ankle are untrue, the rumors have began to fly about where Rooney might be heading in the January transfer window.
While United officials have described the suggestions that Rooney will be leaving as “nonsense”, reports claim that he is now refusing to discuss a contract extension with his current deal set to expire in 20 months.