So after 380 games, 1063 goals and 34,200 minutes of nerve-shredding, nail-bitingly tense Premier League soccer action, the season finally draws to a close for another season.
We’ve been privileged to see legends of the game retire while at the same time witnessing the birth of exciting young players. There’s been spectacular goals and painful relegation battles as well as 10-match bans and dubious diving shenanigans. Transfer sagas have rumbled on all season with will-he-or-won’t-he stories taking pride of place among the tabloids now that the top four has been decided.
One such story doing the rounds at the minute is the resurgence of the Wayne Rooney saga in which he hands a transfer request in, it’s denied, Rooney throws a tantrum and the exasperated club finally look for a buyer for him; a great story to rival those on the New York Times bestsellers list, but is there any truth to it?
It must be said that Rooney’s apparent preferred destination is that of possible Champions League winners Bayern Munich with English tabloid The Daily Mirror reporting that Rooney has confided in friends he wants to join the German champions.
With Manchester United seemingly resigned to selling their former prized asset as a result of his impertinence, it would seem a switch to another club is inevitable for Rooney. Unfortunately, Munich may not be as open to a move as Rooney thinks. Sporting director Matthias Sammer was asked about their reported interest in signing Rooney and had this to say:
“I don’t know what Rooney would bring to the Bundesliga,” Sammer said … I can answer that we have great respect for Wayne Rooney but there has been no contact with him. There is no contact and he’s not on the agenda. No, no. Absolutely not.”
So, that sounds like a categorical “no” from Munich, and if it’s true that they really aren’t interested in the striker, then the wheels may well and truly have come off Rooney’s wagon and he may have to lower his sights if he’s to reinvigorate his career.