Wayne Rooney is quickly running out of options as his Manchester United future hangs in limbo.
It seems more and more unlikely that his old club Everton will come to the rescue, and in truth, it’s difficult to envisage many Premier League teams taking a punt on him with wages of over £200,000 and some pretty pedestrian performances over the last year or so.
The Red Devils skipper has been linked with a big-money move to China, particularly as Sven Goran Eriksson – the man who gave him his England debut – is the boss of Shanghai SIPG.
However, the Swede has quickly ruled his club out of any potential deal, insisting there is no substance to the rumours.
“Everyone knows how much I admire Rooney,”, Eriksson told the Sun.
“That’s one thing. To make out we are going to sign him is something else. There is absolutely nothing in it, zero.
It is not something we have ever even spoken about at the club — and we have been discussing our options for next season a lot.”
It seems Rooney’s change of position is proving an issue, too, with Eriksson adding:
“I have always known Rooney as a forward — one of the best I have worked with.
“But we already have Hulk, Elkeson and Dario Conca, who are all very good, as our forwards.”
Unless the MLS come calling, it’s going to be very difficult for Rooney to find a club unless he agrees to a huge pay cut. Even a switch to America is hardly guaranteed, with ex-LA Galaxy chief Alexi Lalas warning his former side off him as he didn’t feel he’d contribute enough given his salary.
At just 31-years-old, it’s too young for Rooney to retire, but it’s going to be hard for him to resurrect his career from here.