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Mourinho tells Rooney he must leave Manchester United if he wants guaranteed first team football

JOSE MOURINHO has told Wayne Rooney to leave Manchester United if he wants regular first-team football, according to reports.Mourinho has dropped skipper Rooney in recent weeks with the Chinese Super League already readying multi-million pound offers to tempt him away

The Red Devils boss has informed Rooney’s camp that he is no longer guaranteed a starting place.

Mourinho is not looking to sell the England international but the Special One wanted to make his intentions clear about Rooney’s future - that he’s no longer their star man.

The 31-year-old has not started United’s last four league games and was absent for their Chelsea humiliation with a ’muscle injury’.

Rooney has two-and-a-half years remaining on his current contract at Old Trafford but has offers elsewhere.

And with his England career now also at a crossroads, Rooney’s head could well be turned by the mind-boggling figures on offer.

The Sun add that clubs in the MLS and the Chinese Super League are keen to sign the attacker should he decide to leave United and follow former England internationals Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to the MLS.

Money could be an issue though as Rooney picks up a staggering £250,000-a-week with the Red Devils.

However, there could be a negotiated pay-off to ease that burden and make Rooney more attractive for potential suitors.

Rooney has spent 12 years at United, playing 532 games for the Red Devils.

He has netted a remarkable 246 goals in all competitions and is just four goals short of breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s all time record.


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