PAUL INCE has made an incredible transfer claim about Wayne Rooney.
Ince believes any of the top EIGHT clubs – including Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and fierce rivals Manchester CIty – should jump to sign him if Jose Mourinho says he’s available.
A move to Everton may seem a more likely option but Ince is adamant he can still cut it at the top level.
Rooney, 31, has interested clubs in the Chinese Super League too after breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’ s United goal-scoring record.
Ince told Paddy Power: “He’s not just a footballer, he’s a leader. He’s a leader of men and he is who United need to turn to when they are struggling.
“I hope we can enjoy him in England for a little while longer yet, if Mourinho said he was available there should be plenty of Premier League clubs who would jump to sign him, and I mean the top eight.
“If I was in his position, at his age, there’s absolutely no chance I’d stay at Manchester United.
“If I was 35 and my career was drawing to an end, then yes. I know that Wayne will be frustrated sitting on the bench, watching his team and feeling like he can make an impact.
“There’s plenty of players in football who are happy to sit on the bench and count their money, but he isn’t one of them.
“People shouldn’t even be suggesting that Wayne Rooney is finished in football. It’s disrespectful to even suggest that.
“He is world class, and has proved that time and time again at the highest level.
“He’s 31 and he still has a lot to football. The thing about Wayne Rooney is he wants to play football and he wants to play every game. His time at Manchester United may be finished if they can’t give him that anymore.”
Ince feels for Rooney, who has lost his regular first-team place at Old Trafford.
He said: “I found myself in a similar situation at Wolves under Glenn Hoddle. I was about 35, I was at the end of my career but I still wanted to play every week.
“Hoddle would say to me: ‘You need to just sit this one out. Give this one a rest and then play in the next couple.’ I needed looking after because I was getting a bit older.
“The thing with Wayne is he is not even starting games anymore, particularly not the big ones. He’s too good to be a bit-part player and it suggests to me that it’s time for him to move on from United.
“There’s been talk of a move to China or to the MLS, but at his age he still has plenty more to give to top-flight English football.
“You saw what he did against Stoke when he broke the record – he is incredible.”