Arsenal transfers: Neville urges Rooney to stay at Man United
Arsenal transfers: Gary Neville urges Wayne Rooney to ignore the chance to move to London and stay at Manchester United
Gary Neville has urged Wayne Rooney to snub the advances of Arsenal and Chelsea and commit his future to Manchester United.
Rooney’s future has been a source of constant speculation this summer after it emerged that the striker handed in a transfer request towards the end of last season.
Both the Gunners and the Blues are thought to be keen on luring the England international to London should he opt to quit Old Trafford, with Paris Saint-Germain also touted as a possible destination for the forward.
However, former United defender Neville is convinced that the 27-year-old would be better off staying with the Premier League champions.
“I played with Wayne Rooney for many, many years,” Neville told talkSPORT. “He’s a fantastic football player.
“I’ve seen David Beckham, and other big players, leave United and it really is something that comes down to the individual and the club.
“I’ve seen Ryan Giggs at 27 years old get linked to Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Milan and stay. I’ve seen David Beckham get linked to Barcelona and Real Madrid and leave. I’ve seen both ways succeed.
“Personally, with my allegiances, I would never recommend anyone leave Manchester United because I believe it to be a great stage to play football and you can achieve what you want there.”
Rooney scored 12 league goals and made 10 assists, despite being limited to just 22 top-flight starts for the Red Devils last season.