Rooney won't be offered City escape
- Thu 07 Mar 2013, 10:34AM
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Anyone who has been paying attention to the football media over the past few years might have been waiting for this one.
From the moment that the teamsheets were issued to journalists at Old Trafford for Tuesday’s Champions League clash between Real Madrid and Manchester United, you could have clicked your stopwatch and awaited the first Wayne Rooney to City story.
Well, Simon Rice of the Independent got there first as he speculated on City as one of Rooney’s possible next port-of-calls after Sir Alex Ferguson opted to drop Croxteth’s finest export since Francis Jeffers.
Rice reasons: “Rooney's infamous transfer request in 2010, a move which has been highlighted as a possible reason Ferguson will be prepared to do away with him, led to the possibility he might move to City which led United to offer him wages of £250,000-a-week.
“Roberto Mancini is always on the look out for new players and is yet to replace Mario Balotelli who left in January. “
2+2=4 or an idle exercise in slinging names at the wall in the hope that something sticks? The Guardian’s Jamie Jackson reckons it’s the latter.
“Manchester City have no desire to revive their interest in Wayne Rooney despite the uncertainty over his future at Manchester United, with the player's reputed £300,000-a-week salary pricing them out of the market,” Jackson wrote.
“City came close to signing the forward in October 2010 when Rooney agitated for a move away from Old Trafford, claiming the club lacked ambition.
“But despite the wealth at City, they are not prepared to match the salary which, with add-ons, is believed to be around £300,000 a week.”
Elsewhere, attention is gradually shifting away from the Champions League and towards the batch of FA Cup quarter-finals taking place this weekend.
David Flitcroft (brother of ex-City skipper Garry) is in charge of the Tykes and he has been previewing the task that awaits his side on Saturday evening.
"There's a lot of excited fans as well, I think there's 6,000 coming and we could quite easily have got rid of 12,000,” Flitcroft said.
"It's a real day out for the fans, who've had a lean time of it these last few years, so I'm delighted for them and the board.
"The club in general, I think we needed this pick-me-up."
Luke Steele is likely to start in goal for Barnsley and he revealed on Football365.com that he believes he’ll be facing off against the finest in his position around.
"For me Joe Hart is the best, he's proved he's the best," said Steele.
"He's come under a bit of stick this year from certain people, but there's nobody better than him, certainly not English anyway.”
Manchester Evening News journalist Dianne Bourne was there to interview the boys, to grill them on their style secrets and attempted to uncover the squad’s dodgiest dresser.
Perhaps it won’t surprise supporters to discover that it was a former Blue who dominated the conversation.
“With Mario, every day it was something awful. His fashion sense was hideous. I certainly don’t miss that,” Joe Hart groaned.
“Every day there was a fashion faux pas from Mario. He had some horrendous gear,” Micah Richards cringed.
“I’m very French,” Gael Clichy beamed, “For some people that is good, others not so much. Of course, I was the face of Hugo Boss in France...”
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