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Rooney Reveals Reasons for Fergie Rift

  • Guardian, Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:25 PM

Wayne Rooney spoke publicly for the first time about his reasons for wanting to leave Manchester United over the summer, claiming that being played out of position by Alex Ferguson was the main point of contention between he and the former Manchester United boss. And while the England striker describes himself as “happy” and “settled” under new coach David Moyes, he wouldn’t confirm whether he will try to renew his United contract, which expires at the end of next season.

"Everyone at the club knew where I wanted to play and I think that's why I was disappointed,” Rooney said. “I got told to play in midfield and I didn't want to. I just think there had to come a point when, for my own career, I had to be a bit selfish really."

According to the Guardian, the breaking point in his relationship with Ferguson came last spring, not long after Rooney was dropped for the second-leg of Manchester United’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 series loss to Real Madrid. "I actually felt when I played in midfield I did OK, but I didn't want to play there,” he added. “I've had no problem in the past playing out of position. But I felt I deserved the right to play in my position and that wasn't happening.”

Regarding Chelsea’s two bids for him this summer, when Rooney declined to come out and say he wanted to move to Stamford Bridge after being prompted by Blues coach Jose Mourinho to do so, he said: "I didn't want to come out saying anything. I just wanted to concentrate on my football. That's what I've done and that's what I'll continue to do. I'm not going to go around saying: 'I wanted to stay' or 'I wanted to leave'. I'll concentrate on my football and see what happens after that."

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