Wayne Rooney has revealed that the summer of 2010 shook the foundations of Old Trafford when he officially applied to Manchester United that he wanted to be transferred. And the now Derby County forward saw himself “for a couple of days” under the command of Pep Guardiola and thinking about how he would fit in with the team. Messi, Xavi, Iniesta Y Busquets.
“In my head, at that moment, in that two-day period, I was ready to go play in Spain,” he said. Rooney in a section of the official website of the Red Devils, ‘UTD Podcast’. “Ideally, I would have liked to go to Barcelona, but it seemed more likely that it was Real Madrid than Barcelona. Chelsea was always there too,” interested in his services.
But the English international dreamed of wearing the Barça shirt, against which he lost the 2009 Champions League final at the Olympic Stadium in Rome and would once again lose the 2011 Wembley Stadium final. “I remember sitting down one day and thinking: “Imagine playing for that Barcelona; Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets.” And at that time, Messi did not play the way he plays now, like number 9, for example. There would be no incompatibility. “
HAVE THE BALL
That is why Wayne Rooney “thought that he could have fitted in perfectly. Also, that he would have had the ball and would have rivals running behind”, referring to that Barça’s dominance and ball possession game. “I remember thinking about that.”
The forward commented that ‘there were several Premier League clubs, such as Chelsea and Manchester City, who were trying to sign him. “I think it was well documented that Chelsea and Mourinho wanted to sign me,” Rooney said.
“There was Real Madrid, Barcelona and the Manchester City thing keeps coming up, but I never had the option to go there. Although there were also rumors about that, but the other three were actually more realistic options.” Rooney eventually stayed at United until 2017, before returning to the early Everton. Now he plays for Derby County.