Gary Neville has recalled how he thought it was all over for Wayne Rooney at Manchester United, seven years before the club's all-time record goalscorer actually left Old Trafford.
Rooney was being strongly linked with a move to Chelsea in 2010, and he released a statement criticising United's transfer policy and confirming that he wouldn't be signing a new contract just hours before a Champions League match at home to Turkish side Bursaspor.
"I met with David Gill [United's chief executive] last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad," Rooney said back then, via The Guardian.
"I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract."
The statement went on to claim that Rooney was "surprised" by comments from Sir Alex Ferguson in regards to his situation, and when recalling the incident in an interview with Sky Sports, Neville admits he thought it would lead to Rooney's exit.
"Wayne Rooney was an interesting one where he had that episode where he released that statement two hours before we went out to play," said Neville.
"I remember me and Ryan [Giggs] were the senior players at the time and we spoke to him the day after about apologising to the rest of the players in the squad and he did do to be fair to him.
"He’s an honest lad, but he was driven, he had that stubbornness about him, he was getting close to the line that I’d seen players get to before and obviously they didn’t survive that line.
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