With only 15 Premier League starts this past season, Wayne Rooney clearly isn’t going to be first choice for Jose Mourinho next season.
Left out by England as well, he is a player who at the age of 31 should still be more or less at his peak and a key player for club and country.
Ronaldo is a year older and has already scored 40 goals this season, with the Champions League final still to come.
Recent weeks had seen various media linking Newcastle United with a move for the striker, whilst various pundits, including Charlie Nicholas, said Wayne Rooney would be ideal for Newcastle as they step up to the Premier League.
However, with his future such a hot topic, the Manchester United player has given some clarification.
Asked about what will happen next, Rooney has confirmed that he has plenty of options to consider, in both England and overseas.
However, he has stated that Everton are the only option he will consider in the Premier League if leaving Old Trafford, ruling out Newcastle and anybody else who might have been interested.
Whether he would be an asset to a Premier League club is up in the air, has he got the desire to try and forge another career late in the day?
The last seasons have seen him score only five (2016/17), eight (2015/16), and 12 goals (2014/15) in the Premier League, despite playing for one of the top clubs, so how would he manage playing at Newcastle or elsewhere?
I don’t know about you but I find it difficult to imagine Wayne Rooney being the type to fancy playing abroad and learning a language/adapting to a different culture, so is Everton a foregone conclusion if he wants to keep playing regular football?
Wayne Rooney talking to The Guardian:
“There are lots of offers on the table, both in England and abroad, and that is what I have to decide on.
“I have got some decisions to make now over the next few weeks so I will talk with my family and then I will decide. I think I have to make a decision in terms of a football decision, and that is what I will do. I will do that the next few weeks with my family while I am away and as soon as I know what is going on I am sure you will.
“I have played for two Premier League clubs, Everton and (Manchester) United, and they are the only two Premier League clubs I will play for.
“This year, I have never once sulked or let my head drop. I have understood what was best for the team, I have tried to help when the manager’s played me. Of course I want to play. I want to be on the pitch, of course.
“A younger me would have been a lot more frustrated. I think I understand what is right and what is needed for the club, and I respect that. Obviously I am happy to be part of that and in some way help the club win trophies, and that is the way it has been over the last year.
“That is the decision I have to make now, whether I want to continue doing that or go on and play more regular football. I still believe I could play every game.
“If you are asking me if I am a better player now than I was 10 years ago then obviously I am not but I still feel I have got other qualities that can help the team.”