Jose Mourinho has told Wayne Rooney to leave Manchester United

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has told Wayne Rooney he must leave the club if he wants guaranteed first-team football. The United captain has been at the club for 12 years but lost his place after abject performances in the opening weeks. In the opinion of many, it was a long time coming for the fading force.

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The Mirror reported (after the Sun broke the story) that Rooney, who turned 31 yesterday, is now considering his options. Having spent so long as top dog at Old Trafford, the striker finds himself in new territory. While it’s no secret that he’s a player in steep decline, there won’t be a shortage of clubs looking to sign him. However, due to his wage demands, the majority of those clubs will come from outside of Europe. His old England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is keen for Rooney to join him in China.

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Now the manager of Shanghai SIPG, Eriksson could offer Rooney an insane amount of money to try his luck in the Far East. He’s already spoken to this club after they offered him £500,000-a-week ten months ago. Thinking he still had a key part to play at United, he turned it down. Now, he could opt to accept the £80m deal offer.

If he’s not keen on China, he could always try America. Many former England internationals, including Frank Lampard and David Beckham, have spent the twilight of their playing careers in Major League Soccer. His future clearly lies away from Old Trafford.

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