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What Ferguson said when he learnt Rooney wanted to leave United

Back in 2010 Wayne Rooney was seriously considering his future at Manchester United.

He had started the season badly and both Manchester City and Chelsea were ready to offer him a way out of Old Trafford. Worst of all for the Red Devils, it looked as if Rooney was prepared to follow the career path of one Carlos Tevez.

Manchester United chief executive David Gill delivered the bad news to Ferguson after speaking to Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford.

Ferguson opened up on the disappointment he felt to the press in 2010, and revealed how he believed Rooney was showing Manchester United no respect.

“I was at Carrington and David phoned and said: ‘I’m coming over, I have some bad news for you, his agent has intimated that he won’t be signing a contract and he wants away.’ I couldn’t believe it either. I was dumbfounded. It was a shock.”

He added: “I’m disappointed, very disappointed, I can’t believe it.

“He had told us he was happy at the club, that he was at the best club in the world, so I must say it was terribly disappointing to get the news because I can’t quite understand it.

“It’s a club that no one can deny is one of the most successful in British football. We have won 40 major trophies, been to countless cup finals, we have a fantastic history, a great stadium, great training arrangements.

“There’s a platform for anyone to take up a challenge here. There is incredible romance at this club. We just don’t understand it.”

Rooney eventually went on to pen a new deal with the Old Trafford club, and would remain a Manchester United player until 2017.

After leaving the Red Devils he returned to his boyhood club Everton for a season before transferring to the MLS to represent DC United.

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