Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney has ended any rumors of his possible move to the Chinese Super League (CSL). The 31-year-old has stressed that he is staying at Old Trafford and wants to be a part of the exciting times at the club.
“Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Manchester United,” Rooney said, as reported by Manchester United’s official website.
“I hope I will play a full part in helping the team in its fight for success on four fronts. It’s an exciting time at the club and I want to remain a part of it.”
Rooney had previously been strongly linked with a move to China, where the transfer window closes on February 28. There were reports claiming that the Englishman’s agent was present in China to materialize a transfer, according to ESPN.
The man from Croxteth, Liverpool earns a £300,000-a-week ($376,800) salary at Old Trafford and has a contract until June 2018 with the club. However, a recent lack of first-team opportunities created intense speculations linking United’s top scorer away from Manchester.
Rooney is yet to kick a ball for the Red Devils since his substitute appearance against Hull City. United were on the receiving end of a 0-0 draw and the England captain failed to make any impact.
The 5-ft-9 striker has since been sidelined due to a muscle strain injury. However, he has returned to training for the first time on Tuesday.
Rooney missed out on United’s 1-0 Europa League win of St Etienne on Wednesday. But, certain sources are claiming that United manager Jose Mourinho will restore him to the squad on Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Southampton. However, the 31-year-old must first prove his fitness before departing for London on Saturday.
Mourinho is extremely keen to have Rooney in his 18-man squad because of his attacking qualities. The Portuguese manager also wants to exploit the player’s leadership capabilities on the field since he is the club captain.
Rooney is United’s top goalscorer and has won five Premier League titles and a Champions League. The England international arrived at Old Trafford from Everton as an 18-year-old for £27 million ($34m) in 2004.
United currently lie sixth in the Premier League table and is fighting in all four competitions. The Red Devils marched on to the last 16 stage of the Europa League on Wednesday.
Wayne Rooney all 250 goals for Manchester United
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