Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has hit out at suggestions club captain Wayne Rooney could make the move to the Chinese Super League ahead of the country’s transfer deadline next week.
Reports from British media claim Paul Stretford, the agent of the England international, travelled to Beijing earlier this week in a bid to broker a deal for his client.
A deal is yet to be struck between the two parties, but Rooney has reportedly been told he can make the move to Asia if he wishes.
But Keane is confident the 31-year-old still has the ability to make an impact for a top club.
“There’s no way Wayne Rooney should be going to China,” said Keane, speaking on ITV’s Champions League highlights show.
“He can still play football and still play at the top level in England, Germany, Spain, Italy. Madness.
“Going to China? Madness. He’s 31-years of age. There’s plenty left yet for Wayne Rooney to do in Europe. “I don’t think he’s short of money is he.”
Rooney was absent from United’s 1-0 victory over Saint-Etienne on Thursday morning AEDT, as they booked their place in the Europa League round of 16, but may return in this weekend’s EFL Cup final.