Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney admits he was 'ready' to leave the club in 2020 while revealing the three clubs he was close to signing for.
Rooney fell out with then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson that saw the player hand in a transfer request in 2010. However, the 35-year-old ended up signing a new long-term contract with the Red Devils and became the club legend following his achievement during his time at Old Trafford.
Rooney has revealed he could have joined Barcelona or Real Madrid after handing in a transfer request, while Jose Mourinho was keeping tabs on the striker as he wanted to bring him to Chelsea.
Speaking to UTD Podcast, Rooney said, "I think it was well documented that Chelsea and Mourinho wanted to sign me."
"There was Real Madrid, Barcelona and the Man City thing keeps 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."
"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. 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!"
Rooney is now the interim manager of Championship side Derby County.