Rooney calls transfer request 'biggest mistake of career'
MANCHESTER (AFP) - Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has admitted that handing in his transfer request two years ago was the biggest mistake of his career.
Rooney is currently promoting his latest autobiography, My Decade In The Premier League, which is also being serialised by the Daily Mirror. In the latest extract, Rooney admits he regreted asking for a transfer.
Rooney issued a statement in September 2010 in which he questioned United's ability to attract top players and indicated he wanted to leave. Two days later, though, he performed a dramatic U-turn and signed a new five-year contract.
He wrote: "In September 2010 my ankle puts me on the sidelines. I get frustrated with myself, my game, my injury, and everything around me. I'm stuck in a cycle of bad form but I can't get out of it. And that's when I make the biggest mistake of my football career. In October, I release a statement which publicly questions my happiness at Old Trafford. Am I better off elsewhere?"