Rooney regrets 2010 transfer request
Manchester United's star striker Wayne Rooney has admitted that handing in his transfer request two years ago was the biggest mistake of his career.
Rooney is promoting his latest autobiography, My Decade in the Premier League, which is also being serialised by the Daily Mirror. In an extract, he regretted asking for a transfer.
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?
"Everyone makes a fuss. There are discussions inside United to sort out the issue, people outside United chuck their opinions around, but the thing is, nobody really knows what's going on in my life."
He continued: "Then the manager has his say. 'Sometimes you look in a field and you see a cow and you think it's a better cow than the one you have in your own field. And it never really works that way'.
"He's saying the grass isn't always greener, and he's right.
"I like what's in my field."