Manchester United star claims that he never submitted any transfer request

Snehanjan Banerjee / 29 September 2015

It is well known that England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney wanted to leave Manchester United at least two times. One was in 2010 and another was in 2013.

But the 29-year-old English international has stated that he never handed an official transfer request to leave the club.

In 2010, he calimed that he would not extend his contract at Old Trafford as he believed that the club is not doing enough in the transfer market to attract world class players to support him in the team.

But what happened is he got a new contract with an insane wage hike and committed his future to the club.

The same thing again happened in 2013. He demanded the club to sign better players and wanted to leave. 

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid and wanted the versatile attacker and had also two bids rejected by Red Devils for the top goalscorer in England history.

However, Rooney got another mouthwatering wage increase and extended his contract with the 20 time English League champions.

Despite publicly saying he wanted to leave on at least one occasion (in 2010), he refutes the claim that he handed in an official request.

“I said [to Sir Alex Ferguson] if you’re not going to play me it might be better if I moved on,” Rooney reveals in an upcoming BBC documentary, Wayne Rooney – The Man Behind The Goals.

“Then, all of a sudden, it was all over the press that I had put a transfer request in which I never did. I don’t know what happened, why that came out that way,” he said.

Rooney scored his first Premier League goal of the season against Sunderland at the weekend, drawing level with United legend Denis Law on 171 league goals for the club. He finished his long awaited goal drought as te Red Devils went to the top of the table passed local rivals Manchester City after long 110 weeks.

Wayne Rooney also admitted he should not have gone to the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany because he was not fit enough and says the England manager he was most disappointed in was Fabio Capello who failed to live up to his reputation.

Rooney has also hailed Sir Alex Ferguson as the ‘best manager of all time’ and stated that he was the reason why he joined the Manchester giants from Everton in 2004.

He said, “He was the reason why I wanted to join Man United, to work with him,” Rooney says. “In my eyes the best manager of all-time. For him to be interested in me and wanting me to play under him, there was nowhere else I was going to go.”

Asked about his relationship with Ferguson, which is understood to have improved in the past two years, Rooney says: “It is not just me who has had a fall-out with Alex Ferguson. I think many players have. Some have left. Some have stayed.”

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