Wayne Rooney, the English national team captain has been linked to a lucrative move to China amid the striker struggling to break through Jose Mourinho’s first team.
The 31-year-old just scored his 250th united goal last month to become the club’s record scorer but his future at the club is on everyone’s lips.
The Chinese Super League’s transfer window shuts next week and the skipper is yet to deliver his verdict on his future in football career.
Rooney has a contract with United until 2019 and had previously said he was committed to seeing out his deal. He has not featured in the first-team regularly this season and has scored just five goals so far in all competitions.
However, his club manager Jose Mourinho said that Rooney was “going nowhere “and reiterated on Tuesday that he did not want him to leave.
“I would never push or try to push a legend of this club to another destiny,” added the Portuguese coach. There is a clear sense now that time is ticking down on Rooney’s Manchester United career.
Less than a month after Rooney surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton to become the club’s all time record goals corer, he is now coveted by the Chinese Super League, who would offer vast sums to get the England captain to join Carlos Tevez and Oscar in the exodus east where greener pastures seem to be.
The veteran striker has the carrot of knowing if he can remain in the England fold until next year’s World Cup, he is likely to become his country’s most-capped player, in addition to its record goals corer.
Whether he can do that from China remains a doubt. Though his former team-mate David Beckham opted to end his England days in Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy, it is by no means certain Gareth Southgate would offer the same opportunity to a player who has plenty of competition for his number 10 role.
It now seems to be a big question if Rooney will stay at the theatre of dreams for the coming days or will be on his way out to Asia.