Atkinson feels the greater lure for his services may come from a major European club.
âI could fully understand it if Rooney fancied a new challenge and wanted to go abroad to play before he retired,â said Atkinson to the Sunday Mirror.
âHe has been at United for a long time and had a lot of success, so a switch to the Continent may well appeal to him at this stage of his career.
âI donât know how much of an issue money would be, if at all, but another thought is that further down the line he could finish playing at the sharp end and be another Paul Scholes. If heâs happy to stay at United, that could be a future role for him.
âOne way or another he still has a lot more to offer, not only for United, but also, of course, for England.
âI firmly believe he is the best weâve had in that category since Alan Shearer.â
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