England captain Wayne Rooney has calmed rumours of a possible move to China after making a statement saying that he will be staying with Manchester United.
Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford was reportedly in China this week speaking to interested clubs, and the speculation was fueled after Jose Mourinho, manager of the Red Devils, admitted that there was “no guarantee” Rooney would stay.
However, the United and England captain has now confirmed in a statement that he is not interested in moving with United still involved in the FA Cup and Europa League.
“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 Man United,” he said.
“I hope I’ll 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.”
The 31-year-old’s contract worth around £300,000-a-week is due to expire in 2019, a deal with a Chinese Super League club worth up to £500,000-a-week could not be realistically completed before the January transfer window closes next Tuesday.
Out of three clubs that were likely destinations for Rooney, two of them — Beijing Guoan and Jiangsu Suning — dismissed speculation about a transfer while the third option — Tianjin Quanjian — but their coach, Fabio Cannavaro, said talks did not progress.