The manager of Manchester United announced news this week that its best player is set to quit the club. Sir Alex Ferguson said he was "shocked" and "disappointed" by Wayne Rooney's decision not to renew his contract with the team, which will expire at the end of the 2012 campaign.
The relationship between Rooney and Ferguson has been notoriously rocky over the past few years, but it seems the relationship broke down completely after Manchester United's Premier League game against Everton last month. While Ferguson claimed the player was sitting out the match because of an ankle injury, Rooney claimed to be in perfect health and said he did not know why he had not been included in the match.
Perhaps a stronger motivation for Rooney's actions are the circulating rumours which suggest he could achieve more money elsewhere. Rooney is currently the highest paid player with 150,000 but he could earn up to 200,000 a week at rival club Manchester City. Fans have become incensed that the player could be leaving for money issues, after he was bought by the club for a massive 25.6 million just six years ago
Rooney's departure from United would mean an epic windfall for old club Everton, who are set to have the last laugh thanks to their sell-on clause, which was established when the forward was sold in 2004. They would be entitled to a quarter of any increase on the 25.6 million they sold the player to United for.
Rooney went on to bring spectacular victories to the club, enjoying a fantastic 2009/2010 season, in which he scored 34 goals. However, after this years disastrous season, the forward has ironically suffered a minor injury to his right ankle in a tackle with Paul Scholes while training for a match with Bursapor, and will now have to sit out the European tie at Old Trafford. This could spell his final matches for Manchester United.
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