WAYNE Rooney wants to move to Chelsea so that he can have ready access to a wider range of goods and services.
Submitting a formal transfer request to Manchester United manager David Moyes, the striker insisted that playing for a London-based team would mean lots of really fancy shops.
He said: “Dear Mr Moyes – As you will now be aware the shops in Manchester aren’t bad but unfortunately the Arndale Centre doesn’t have a place where you can buy a solid gold motorbike helmet which is actually a flower pot and a television.
“London does. London’s got six of them. So I would very much like to live there.”
He added: “Coleen (my wife) and I went on holiday to London once and they had this shop that sold nothing but gloves. I bought six pairs and Coleen bought nine.
“Rarely has a day gone by when we haven’t thought about that glove shop. When I’m leaving for training in the morning and I’m looking a bit sad (because of Manchester) Coleen will give me a hug and whisper ‘glove shop’.
“Glove shop is the light at the end of the tunnel. Glove shop is the promise of a better life.”
Stressing that Manchester ‘and the North West generally’ had some perfectly nice gloves for sale, Rooney said that he would be ‘betraying himself and his growing family’ if he made do with the glove counter at a large department store ‘like John Lewis or House of Fraser’.
He continued: “I know that you are, deep down, a decent man and you would not expect me and my wife to shop at a provincial branch of Harvey Nichols for the rest of our lives.
“Also, London has a planetarium. It does my nut in. I would go there every day.”