Rooney lists three clubs he nearly left Man Utd for – and picks his favourite
Wayne Rooney says that there were three clubs who showed a serious interest in prising him from Manchester United.
England’s all-time record goalscorer also holds that accolade for United, having netted 253 goals in 559 appearances for the club between 2004 and 2017.
But those Old Trafford years weren’t without upheaval, and Rooney looked set to leave the club after handing in a transfer request in 2010.
He says that he could have joined Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid after that request went in, but the moves didn’t come about in the end.
“I think it was well documented that Chelsea and Mourinho wanted to sign me,” Rooney said on the UTD Podcast.
“There was Real Madrid, Barcelona and the Man City thing keeps cropping up, but there was never the option for me to go there.
“Although there were rumours on that as well, but the other three, really, were more realistic options.
“In my head, at the time, in that two-day period, I was ready to go and play in Spain.
“Ideally, I would have liked to have gone to Barcelona, but it was looking more likely to be Real Madrid than Barcelona. Chelsea were always there as well.”
In the end Rooney ended up staying at United, but not before angry fans had protested against his potential move.
“After a couple of days, I spoke to David Gill again and when there were those protests at my house, I’d actually already agreed to sign the new contract by that time,” he added.
“I was thinking ‘Jesus’, it was three o’clock in the morning and I didn’t fancy going out to calm down 20 or 30 lads with their hoods up!”
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