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Possible Rooney exit dominates the headlines
18 Oct 2010 - 08:31:59
Speculation over Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United has reached fever pitch, with many of Monday morning's newspapers suggesting that he wants to leave Old Trafford as soon as possible.
Rooney is reported to no longer be on speaking terms with manager Sir Alex Ferguson, while talks over a new contract have been shelved.
Rooney's current deal runs out at the end of next season and the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea are all rumoured to be monitoring the situation closely.
Ferguson has left Rooney out of the United team several times in the last few weeks, citing an ankle problem as the reason, but the England ace insists that he has been fully fit all the time.
That has led to talk that Ferguson was punishing Rooney for off-field problems which have dominated the tabloid headlines in the past few months.
On Sunday a United spokesman denied that Rooney could be on his way out, saying: "To suggest Wayne Rooney will be sold in January is nonsense."
Rooney joined United in the summer of 2004 from Everton and has since scored 132 goals in 289 appearances in all competitions.