England and Manchester United Captain Wayne Rooney received a monumental offer for his services from a Chinese club last summer, according to journalist Piers Morgan.
Piers Morgan – the infamous Arsenal fan – revealed in his Daily Mail column that the Red Devils’ skipper received an offer so big from Chinese giants Shanghai Shenua, that it made him feel ‘instantly nauseous’.
Morgan wrote: “My phone rang at 11pm tonight. It was England football captain Wayne Rooney.
“He wanted to discuss his forthcoming Manchester United testimonial plans this summer.
“But we also talked about reports in the papers this week that he’s been offered ridiculous sums of money to go and play in China for Shanghai, a team managed by Sven-Goran Eriksson.
“‘It’s true,’ he said. ‘How big a salary are we talking?’ Rooney chuckled. ‘Come on,’ I prodded, ‘make me sick.’
“He then revealed a figure, based on a three-year deal, so stupendously, stratospherically gigantic that it did indeed make me feel instantly nauseous.
“(Without giving too much away, let’s just say it included eight noughts) I literally gasped in horror, prompting him to add a final killer blow: ‘After tax!’
“‘There’s another advantage I can see,’ I said. ‘What’s that?’ ‘The Chinese fans won’t realise how slow you’ve got.’ ‘**** off!’
“My guess is Rooney won’t leave United for another year or two.”
However, having displayed consistently impressive performances since hitting form in the beginning of 2016, Rooney has shown that he still has what it takes to be the main man at Manchester United for more than a year or two.
The 30-year-old forward, who has bagged 14 goals in all competitions this season, looks set to make a comeback sooner than expected, after receiving permission to walk without the knee brace he has been wearing for the past three weeks due to injury.