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The former England international and Manchester United legend Paul Parker believes Wayne Rooney has to consider leaving Old Trafford, but only if another Premier League club comes knocking.

 

The England international and Manchester United’ forward Wayne Rooney has not started a Premier League game since Dec. 17 and could leave the Old Trafford for the Chinese Super League against Jose Mourinho's wishes.

The 31-year-old England skipper and Manchester United’s star Wayne Rooney, who has already scored more than 180 goals in more than 384 appearances for Manchester United since 2004 has struggled to show his best football in the current term, despite passing Sir Bobby Charlton as United's all-time top scorer.

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As latest reports says, with multiple clubs in China hopeful of convincing the England captain to leave English giant Manchester United in the next fortnight.

But, according to the former Manchester United defender Paul Parker, the England international and Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has to consider leaving Old Trafford, but only if another Premier League club comes knocking.

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As speaking exclusively to 888sport, Parker said, “It all depends on what Wayne wants to do. Does he want to stay at Manchester United and get the odd opportunity to make his record even harder to beat or is he saying that he wants regular football?" 

"I would like to think that he doesn’t want to sit on the bench because being successful and winning things then sitting and watching it is an awful feeling. I know what it’s like to taste that then become a bit-part and it must be even worse for Wayne. So does he want to stay and just pick up his money with the camera panning to him on the bench while everyone wonders if he’ll get a game? Then if he does everyone expects him to score.”

“If he’s not playing regularly then somewhere down the line England can’t pick him. I don’t care what Gareth Southgate is being told by the FA, if he picks him he would be deemed a puppet. If someone isn’t starting regularly for their club to then pick him for a full international qualifier doesn’t make sense and it wouldn’t fare well with the other players.”

“Seeing the calibre of players who have gone out there to China, it’s never too early and we know the reasons why, but if we’re considering his international career then it doesn’t make sense to go to either China or the MLS. Yes, David Beckham still played for England regularly while in the MLS but we know that was down to marketing reasons, with the FA insisting he had to be involved.

"Under a Bobby Robson or a Terry Venables they would have known you cannot pick someone playing that level of football and Wayne will look at this and realise it just gives people ammunition to say he’s too far away and playing an inferior level of football to represent his country.”