Although it seemed like an outlandish prospect less than a week ago, Wayne Rooney playing in China next month now looks like a very genuine possibility.
Over the past week, multiple reports linked Wayne Rooney with an immediate transfer to the Chinese Super League. Although many suggested that a summer move to the MLS or a return to Everton was a far more realistic possibility, the BBC’s latest update on Rooney’s future suggests that the China move is very much on.
According to their report, Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, is now in China looking to finalise a deal for the record Manchester United goal scorer.
Wayne Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford is in China to see if he can negotiate a deal for the forward to leave Manchester United. – BBC
Simon Stone writes in the same piece that the deal still has a long way to go before anything is set in stone. However, Stretford’s journey to China is very telling in that it confirms that Rooney is most certainly open to the move.
Although many have suggested that a move east would be an odd decision by Rooney given the fact that he is still just 31-years of age, it is also clear that the Englishman is now well past his peak. Given the fact that he has already won every trophy available to him at club level, no one should begrudge the United legend cashing in on the final few years of his career.
In fact, a recent poll on the BBC’s website suggested that the majority of fans now feel that a move east would be the best decision for Rooney at this point in time.
Jurgen Klopp admits that Liverpool suffered a difficult period in the winter, but that their “long-term project” remains on track.
The Reds won just one of their first ten games of 2017, as they slipped from second in the Premier League to fifth.
They also suffered losses in the FA Cup and Capital One Cup, meaning that they have just one focus from February until the end of the season.
Just one point separates Klopp’s side from both Tottenham and Arsenal, who are third and fourth respectively, while Manchester City are another two points clear.
Klopp is not giving up hope of Liverpool returning to the top four in the coming weeks.
“January was nothing we needed, but we had it,” the German said at the weekend. “It was kind of an experience, kind of a reminder.
“Everything is good until the moment when it’s not that good anymore – (then) it’s not only not good anymore, it’s as bad as it ever was!
“I can understand that people feel like this, but it’s not real, it’s not true. The truth is that we always have a chance. I’ve said a few times, I’m not the best manager in the world but I’m really good at staying on track.
“Most of the time in my life I had to fight for other things that are not that valuable – staying in the league, try to survive somehow, as a player especially.
“Life was good but not because life was good, but because I gave life the chance to be good, even when the pressure was high. That’s what we could do.
“So, let’s use the experiences we made this year, let’s learn from it and yes, let’s be stronger after all these things. The future is still bright."
“This is a long-term project but that doesn’t mean we are not ambitious in this season. We are very, very (ambitious) to have the biggest success we can get, but we’ll only know at the end of the season what it is.”