Manchester United all time highest goal scorer, Wayne Rooney has opened up on his failed attempt to force a move away from Manchester United.
Back in 2010, the Englishman shocked the world when reports surfaced he’d asked to leave Old Trafford, with particular interest from Chelsea.
However, in a recent interview with the UTD Podcast, the Derby County coach revealed he also drew interest from Spanish giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona, and he could have joined any of them.
In his own words, “I think it was well documented that Chelsea and Mourinho wanted to sign me.
“There was Real Madrid, Barcelona and the Man City thing kept cropping up, but there was never the option for me to go there.
“Although there were rumours on that as well, but the other three, really, were more realistic options.
“In my head, at the time, in that two-day period, I was ready to go and play in Spain.
“Ideally, I would have liked to have gone to Barcelona, but it was looking more likely to be Real Madrid than Barcelona. Chelsea were always there as well.
“To be honest, it was two or three days where there was communication between myself and them, or my representatives and team.
“I remember sitting down for one day and thinking ‘imagine playing in that Barcelona team – Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets’. And at that time Messi wasn’t playing the way he plays now, as a no.9 for instance. He was out wide.
“I was thinking I could have slotted in perfectly. I could have come to the ball as well and have players running in behind.”
Rooney, however, did change his mind after two days, penning a deal to see him stay at Old Trafford for another five years.
“After a couple of days, I spoke to David Gill again and when there were those protests at my house, I’d actually already agreed to sign the new contract by that time,” Rooney added.
“I was thinking ‘Jesus’, it was three o’clock in the morning and I didn’t fancy going out to calm down 20 or 30 lads with their hoods up!”