Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Rooney talks amid protest aftermath

Police have dispersed Rooney fans who had gathered outside the footballer's house

Talks over Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United will continue in the aftermath of a protest at his home.

Officers were called to the footballer's £4.5 million mansion in the village of Prestbury, Cheshire, at 8.30pm on Thursday after a mob of up to 30 people descended on the property.

The protest by fans came after Rooney, 24, dropped the bombshell that he no longer wanted to play for the Red Devils.

There is rising speculation that the former Everton player may leave to join United's great rivals, super-rich Manchester City - a nightmare scenario for Old Trafford fans.

The star's refusal to sign a new contract was revealed by a crestfallen Sir Alex Ferguson earlier this week and has been met with rising anger by supporters of the club.

Rooney's home, which he shares with his wife Coleen and son Kai, is down a normally quiet tree-lined drive and surrounded by a wall and gates for added security.

The house is on a "millionaires' row" with Rooney's neighbours including fellow United players, Wes Brown and Michael Carrick.

Cheshire Police confirmed an incident had occurred in the affluent village south east of Manchester, but refused to give further details.

A spokesman for the force said: "Cheshire Police can confirm that at 8.30pm, a call was received from a resident in Prestbury regarding 20 to 30 people assembling outside their address. Police attended the scene and the group dispersed peacefully. No offences were disclosed."

Meanwhile the club's chief executive, David Gill, has pleaded for patience as talks with the player continue.

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