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Rooney heading for the exit, says Neville

Wayne Rooney and Jesse Lingard (Getty Images)
Wayne Rooney and Jesse Lingard (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Former Everton defender Phil Neville believes it may be the right time for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to move to a different club.

Rooney has seen himself relegated to filling more of a rotation-player role under manager Jose Mourinho this season, and may have to move elsewhere for regular football.

Everton are reportedly interested in bringing the England captain back to Goodison Park for next season, and Neville thinks it might be a good move for Rooney. 

"You hope (he doesn't leave) but the way the season's gone, particularly since Christmas, he's not been involved as much as he'd probably have liked," Neville told Sky Sports News HQ.

"He wants to play in the biggest games and when it comes to Wednesday night I'd be surprised to see him in that starting XI.

"It looks like he's on his way out of Manchester United and it happens towards the end of your time. You get the signs that now is the time to leave, and probably now is the time.

"If he wants to continue playing at the highest level - week in, week out - and be the first name on the team sheet, then he'll probably have to go and play his football elsewhere."

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