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Van Nistelrooy: Perhaps best for Rooney if he leaves

ESPN staff
June 3, 2013
Ruud van Nistelrooy has had some advice for Wayne Rooney © Getty Images

Ruud van Nistelrooy has told Wayne Rooney to leave Manchester United if he is not completely committed to the club.

The England striker missed United's last three games of the season after informing Sir Alex Ferguson that he wanted to play elsewhere.

But new manager David Moyes has hinted he wants to keep the 27-year-old, who he worked with at Everton before Rooney's £24 million move to United in 2004.

Rooney submitted a transfer request in 2010 and his former strike partner Van Nistelrooy said it is better the Englishman goes if he cannot promise to be loyal to United.

He said: "It is a matter of how he feels. If he feels that he is committed to the club then there is an opening. If he says that there isn't I can't see a future for him.

"The fans would love him to stay, but it depends on the commitment. If he isn't fully committed then it's probably better to move on."

Van Nistelrooy scored 150 goals in five seasons at United before being sold in 2006 after falling out with Ferguson.

He moved on to Real Madrid and played for both sides in Sunday's charity game for the Manchester United Foundation, scoring for the English club in their 2-1 defeat.

Real's former manager Jose Mourinho is set to return to Chelsea and Van Nistelrooy predicts an eventful second spell at Stamford Bridge for the Portuguese.

He added: "Whoever Mourinho is with something always happens. He will definitely bring some new energy to Chelsea, although winning the Europa League was obviously a fantastic success for them. It is a club with a good squad but he will do his thing as he always does."

Van Nistelrooy believes potential incoming coach Manuel Pellegrini will be a success if he finalises a deal with Manchester City.

Van Nistelrooy worked with the Chilean at his most recent club, Malaga, as well a brief stint at Real Madrid. Pellegrini has confirmed he is set to begin talks with City about taking over from Roberto Mancini, and Van Nistelrooy says the move would be positive for club and coach.

"I can only talk from my own experience, half a season under him at Madrid and the last season of my career at Malaga," said Van Nistelrooy. "The experience was really good and on a professional level and a personal level I rate him very highly.

"I think he proved at Villarreal and with Malaga that he can build a new team and get things moving. He can create a structure and culture at the club whereby things get better.

"So in that sense - and even though this is me speaking as an ex-United player - I think he will build something at City."

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