Phil Neville: This is why I don’t think Wayne Rooney will go to China

Manchester United have been without the services of Wayne Rooney over the last couple of weeks, and the 31-year-old’s long-term future at Old Trafford has certainly come into question. Some reports have discussed the possibility of the club captain moving to play in the Chinese Super League.

Personally, I simply don’t see a player like Wayne Rooney all but calling time on his professional career at the highest level by moving to China. He has been one of the best players in the Premier League era, and in my opinion, he deserves to go out at the very top.

That is clearly a sentiment echoed by former Red Phil Neville, who has been speaking about the Wayne Rooney situation on the radio.

‘I don’t see Wayne Rooney playing in China, I really don’t.’ Phil Neville told BBC Radio 5 live. ‘I think he’s someone that’s a home bird. I think he likes living in the North West.

‘He’s family orientated. I can’t see him taking his young family out to live in China.’

At the end of the day, he’s a human being like you and me, and I just cannot see him dragging his family off to a foreign country halfway around the world. If he does move on, I believe he’d much prefer to stay in England, with Everton being the perfect fit.

Despite the fact that ‘Wazza’ did break Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing Manchester United goalscoring record, his performances as a whole haven’t been anywhere near as good. That must be of real concern for Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff, and going forward, I wouldn’t be surprised if they decided to call time on his career. I don’t see anything happening until the summer at the very earliest though.

Have a listen to the full interview here:

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