Being effectively labelled a squad player was final straw for star – who even contacted the club to check boss Moyes had really said it!
Wayne Rooney wants to quit Manchester United after being left “angry and confused” by new Old Trafford boss David Moyes.
England ace Rooney feels he is being driven out of the club after five months of negativity which is tantamount to “constructive dismissal”.
And Moyes’ suggestion that the Scouse star is effectively no more than an understudy to Robin van Persie was the final straw for Rooney, who believes Chelsea would be his perfect fit.
Rooney, now back in Manchester after being sent home from United’s pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia with a hamstring injury, was stunned when he read Moyes’ comments about his status at the club.
The 27-year-old contacted United for clarification after Moyes said he was needed by the club “if, for any reason, we have an injury to Robin”.
Moyes’ comments were seen as a calculated insult by a player who feels he is at the peak of his career and who has no intention of allowing his football to go backwards.
Rooney, fourth on United’s all-time scoring list with 197 goals in 402 appearances since his £25.6million move from Everton in 2004, is understood to be furious at the idea that he is now little more than a squad player.
The striker, already England’s fifth-highest scorer, is not prepared to play second fiddle at United and does not believe he has anything to prove after nine successful seasons at Old Trafford.
Rooney feels he can no longer stay at United in the wake of Moyes’ comments, and is not going to spend the two remaining years of his Old Trafford contract as a “non person”.
With the striker desperate to finally make a mark at a World Cup finals in Brazil next summer, there now seems no way Rooney can possibly knuckle under and accept his reduced status.
As the Mirror revealed last month, Chelsea – now back under the command of Jose Mourinho – is his preferred destination.
Although the Blues have so far not made a bid, now Rooney has effectively confirmed he no longer wishes to play for a club which does not value him, the door is open for Mourinho to take the next step.
Selling Rooney would help to finance Moyes’ move for Barcelona’s attacking midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
United would not comment on this latest twist in the tale when contacted late tonight, but maintained Rooney is not for sale.