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Wayne Rooney confirms departure

Here is Wayne Rooney’s statement in full:

“I was interested to hear what Sir Alex had to say yesterday and surprised by some of it. It is absolutely true that my agent and I have had meetings with the club about a new contract.

During those meetings in August, I asked for assurances about the continued ability for the club to attract the top players in the world. I never had anything but complete respect for Manchester United. How could I not have done given it’s fantastic history and the past 6 years I’ve been a part of.

For me it’s always about wining trophies which the club has always done under Sir Alex Ferguson. Because of that the questions I asked were justified. However, when I met with David Gill last week, he didn’t give me any assurances I was seeking about the future squad. I then told him I wouldn’t be signing a new contract.

Despite recent difficulties, I will always owe Sir Alex Ferguson a huge debt. He is a great manager and mentor who helped and supported me from the day he signed me from Everton when I was just 18. For Manchester United’s sake I wish he could go on forever because he is a one-off and a genius.”

Here’s my summary of Wayne Rooney’s statement:

“I want to earn A LOT more money, and Manchester United are not ‘ambitious’ enough to pay me what I want.”

Wayne Rooney is leaving Man United

It’s official – Wayne Rooney has decided to leave Manchester United.

Two days ago, I mentioned how lots of sports journalists were excitedly tweeting that Wayne Rooney wasn’t going to sign a new contract. Check out the extraordinary statement given by Sir Alex Ferguson in today’s press conference at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson looks sad and disappointed. I’ve never seen him get so unhappy about a player leaving our club before. He’s denied having any arguments with Rooney and has clarified the ankle injury situation. A lot of people online (well, journalists and Lord Sugar, really) were impressed with what Ferguson had to say.

At the moment, Ferguson and Manchester United look like the victims while Wayne Rooney (and his agent Paul Stretford) look like the villains. I wonder how they are going to respond.

One thing you’ve got to admit about the whole saga is that this is what makes being a fan of football fan so fun. Crazy things are happening every season; it’s like we’re watching a soap opera. Let’s take a look at what’s happened so far this season:

01. Manchester City spent £126m on 6 players in the summer.

02. Manchester City gave Yaya Toure a contract worth £220,000 a week.

03. Martin O’Neil resigned as manager of Aston Villa.

04. Manchester United signed a former homeless player (Bebe).

05. Wigan lost 4-0 to Blackpool and 6-0 to Chelsea – in their own stadium!

06. Hicks and Gillett took the Liverpool board to court.

07. Hicks and Gillett eventually let go of Liverpool.

08. Liverpool lost to Northampton in the Carling Cup!

09. Liverpool slipped to 19th in the Premier League table!

10. Players have been condemned for too much dangerous tackling.

11. Danny Murphy named managers who apparently encouraged bad tackling.

12. Blackpool have played wonderful, attacking football.

13. West Brom have played wonderful, attacking football.

14. Manchester United keep dropping two goal leads. 😡

15. Wayne Rooney is dropped against Everton.

16. Sir Alex Ferguson confirms Rooney wants to leave Man United.

We’re only two months into the new season, and so many things have already happened. I’m looking forward to lots of other crazy things happening before the end of the season.

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