Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has denied putting in a transfer request whilst under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. The striker admitted falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson during his final season but says rumours of a transfer request are wide of the mark.
Rooney says he went to see Ferguson after being dropped in 2013:
“It’s not just me who’s had a fall-out with him,” said Rooney on his new documentary, Rooney – The Man Behind The Goals, on BBC One on 5 October.
“I don’t know what happened or why that came out that way.”
“I went in to see him and just said if you’re not going to play me it might be better if I moved on – then all of a sudden it’s all over the press I put in a transfer request, which I never did.”
Rooney admits he did ask to leave United in October 2010, as he did not feel he had received any of the assurances he was seeking about the future squad. Rooney did however sign a new 5-year-deal and went onto win the title that season. The 29-year-old later said that staying at the club was the best decision of his career.
Rooney played under Ferguson for nine years, and despite their hiccups – the Englishman says that Ferguson was “the best manager of all time”.
“He was the reason why I wanted to join Manchester United, to work with him, for him to be interested in me and want me to come and play under him, there was nowhere else I was going to go.”
[All quotes via BBC Sport]