Wayne Rooney is now reportedly targeted as the new global face of a revamped Chinese Super League (CSL) as China are desperate to establish itself as a major football power.
The 30-year-old Manchester United skipper has somewhat struggled to score despite United’s decent start to this campaign, scoring just twice featuring in 11 Premier League encounters.
Rooney who celebrated his birthday last month, still has three more years left on his current £300,000-per-week contract at Old Trafford, but the Sun reports,Chinese Super League thinks the veteran United striker can be lured to finish his career with a sensational move to Asian football.
The league recently signed a huge TV deal of more than £800m, while the China President Xi Jinping has made it absolutely clear he will support China to rise as a football superpower worldwide.
Tim Cahill, Robinho and Demba Ba are already playing for CSL sides, while Luis Felipe Scolari (Guangzhou Evergrande) and Sven Goran Eriksson (Guangzhou R&F), the two renowned managers also managing clubs in the league.
However, Chinese Super League organisers thinks bringing in a football icon from England would lure other big-names of European football to join the Chinese league.
Manchester United have decided to host a testimonial for Wayne Rooney next summer following a strong campaign by club supporters to honour the striker’s 11-years long service. The match will be played on 3rd August, 2016 against Rooney’s boyhood club Everton. The stature he has right now is always tempting for any foolball leagues who are trying to establish themselves.
United eventually have a huge fan following throughout China, while County’s President Xi himself declared that he is a Red Devils fan. The club are also said to be planning a pre-season tour of China next year.
Wayne Rooney didn’t feature in United’s 2-1 win over Watford last weekend because of a viral fever, but is reported to return when his team hosts PSV.