Rooney exit talk dominates back pages

Following his omission from the starting line up in Manchester United’s Champions League last sixteen second leg defeat to Real Madrid, Wayne Rooney is being linked by many areas of the press with a move away from Old Trafford.

The 27 year old played just seventeen minutes on Tuesday, having been benched in favour of Danny Welbeck and Robin Van Persie.

However, former teammate Michael Owen has acknowledged that there are not too many options available to the England striker, should he move on.

Owen told Talksport that “there’s only half a dozen” clubs who could realistically move for Rooney, putting Paris Saint Germain ahead of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Manchester City before adding that talk on a potential move may well be premature.

United’s number 10, who signed a new five year contract in 2010, has scored 14 times in 29 appearances this term and is now just five goals short of 200 for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.

Meanwhile, UEFA are beginning disciplinary proceedings against the club following Tuesday’s defeat.

The governing body are taking action over the red card shown to Portuguese winger Nani, as well as the “non-fulfilment of post-match media obligations”.

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