Thursday, August 08, 2013
''I WANT OUT'' ROONEY INSISTS ON TRAINING WITH MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES AS HE PUSHES FOR OLD TRAFFORD EXIT
Wantaway Manchester United, Wayne Rooney trained with the reserves on Thursday morning but at his own request.
Rooney is determined to leave the Barclays Premier League for Premier League rivals Chelsea.
The England striker was the only senior player working with the second string at United's Carrington training ground, in a session taken by United coaches Warren Joyce and club legend Nicky Butt.
After the session, he requested to join the reserves session at Carrington, rather than play with the first-team.
Rooney has not appeared for United in their pre-season tour so far, with the trip to Sweden this week earmarked for his return after leaving their Asian tour early.
But the striker did not travel to Scandanavia, missing the game against AIK Stockholm with a shoulder injury - and his lack of fitness may be the reason for training with the reserves, rather than it being a punitive measure.
The chasm between Rooney and the club grew when United manager David Moyes intimated that Robin van Persie would be the club's No 1 striker for the coming season.
Moyes said Rooney would be useful if there was an injury to the Dutchman, leaving the England man 'angry and confused.'
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has made it clear he wants Rooney to spearhead his attack at Stamford Bridge, with the west London club already having two bids rejected.
Rooney is expected to hand in a formal transfer request in order to push the move through as Chelsea line up a £30million offer.