A secret has been revealed by Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney regarding the decision he almost made 10 years ago. At that time, the former Everton player admitted that he almost left Manchester United to join Barcelona.
Indeed, in 2010 there were rumors that Rooney would leave Old Trafford. According to news heard at the time, the player began to doubt the quality of Manchester United in competing at the top level.
As soon as the news spread, many European giants immediately set off to get Rooney’s services, who at that time was still relatively young.
However, at that time Rooney finally stayed at Old Trafford, he only left Manchester United in 2017 to join the former club, Everton.
However, Rooney still clearly remembers which clubs approached him and were interested in using his services in 2010, including Barcelona.
“Chelsea and Mourinho want me. There are Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City who are monitoring, but I never considered moving there (City),” he told UTD Podcast.
Rooney admitted that it would be more realistic if he joined the Spanish La Liga club, so he had considered the opportunity to join Barcelona or Real Madrid.
“Even though there are rumors about it, but the other three teams are very realistic choices. In my head, in two days, I’m ready to go and play in Spain,”
“Ideally, I would love to go to Barcelona, but it is also possible to move to Real Madrid than Barcelona. Chelsea is always there,”
Even uniquely, Barcelona is always pictured in Rooney’s head, he has also imagined how he will collaborate with top players like Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets.
“I remember sitting and thinking ‘try to imagine playing in that Barcelona – Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets’. And at that time Messi did not play like now. He is still wide,” continued Rooney.