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Premier League

Wayne Rooney may look for a new start in France

Striker not involved in match-day squad amid mounting rumours that he will leave the club at the end of the season

It has been a tumultuous few weeks for Wayne Rooney. His transfer request was rejected by Manchester United a fortnight ago after falling down the club’s pecking order and this week he was forced to issue a statement on his Twitter account denying he had removed signs of him being a United player in his Twitter biography.

On Friday there were also reports of a training ground bust-up between him and Phil Jones, where the former Blackburn man was considered to have come out well on top with Rooney apparently needing stiches.

This seemed to have been the final straw for departing manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and his former golden boy was left out of the squad for the manager’s last home game at the club.

Forget his post-match celebrations with the rest of the squad, television pictures showed him with a face like thunder before kick-off in his tracksuit. He was playing moodily with one of the plastic flags that had been given out to commemorate United’s 20th title.

With speculation rife about the former Everton man’s future, this was the biggest indicator yet that Rooney will be shown the exit door at Old Trafford in the next transfer window. Considering his patchy relationship with the incoming manager David Moyes, rumours abound that Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are weighing up bids of £30 million for the England man.

Rooney would be in good stead if he made the trip across the English Channel. In April, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic led calls for Rooney to join him in Paris, while fellow countryman David Beckham is reportedly close to extending his stay in the French capital. Whatever Wayne does this summer, it remains to be seen how much he will be missed down Sir Matt Busby Way.