It has emerged Wayne Rooney has asked to leave Old Trafford at a time when Manchester United are close to securing the return of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Only hours after Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that he will be retiring as United manager at the end of the season, making way for Everton manager David Moyes to take charge, the Daily Mail revealed that Rooney told Ferguson two weeks ago that he wants a fresh start.
Outgoing United chief executive David Gill has been in Madrid to meet Jorge Mendes, the Portuguese agent who represents Ronaldo. Sources on Wednesday night insisted United are confident of securing the return of the player they sold to Real Madrid for a world record £80million in 2009.
Wayne Rooney knows that Chelsea would be keen to take him to Stamford Bridge, while Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested.