Video - Wayne Rooney admits he was ready to leave Man Utd
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has rejected claims from his former boss Alex Ferguson that he handed in a transfer request, but admits he ready to quit the Old Trafford club in the summer of 2013.
Ferguson has persistently claimed that Rooney put in a transfer request on a couple of occasions, but the striker has disputed those accusations in a new BBC documentary.
Rooney has always avoided the subject of his 'transfer request' when quizzed be reporters, but he was more forthcoming on this occasion as he stated:
"I said (to Ferguson) if you're not going to play me it might be better if I moved on," Rooney reveals in an upcoming BBC documentary, Wayne Rooney - The Man Behind The Goals.
"But I never put in a transfer request. I don't know why it came out that way."
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo pays tribute to his former United team-mate Rooney in the programme and hinted he would like to play alongside him again.
“I miss him because we scored a lot of goals and had a great understanding on the pitch. He’s a great player and one of the best in the history of English football”, states Ronaldo.
“He was the kid of England, all the fans loved him. I was calling him ‘Pitbull’ in the changing rooms because of his hunger to score goals. Wayne Rooney’s strength is his mentality and his constant desire to score goals for either Manchester United or England.
“He’s a fantastic lad and he helped me a lot when he came to join us in Manchester. It wasn’t easy to adapt and he was always helping me. We had a great friendship during the six seasons I played at Old Trafford.”
"The future nobody knows. Maybe we will play one day together again."