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Wayne Rooney confirms stay at Manchester United

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.

Jose Mourinho expresses intent to stay longer with United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to stay longer than his three-year contract because he is “loving” his time at Old Trafford despite the attraction of lucrative salaries on offer to work in the Chinese Super League.

Mourinho, 53, joined the club in July, and they are sixth in the Premier League after 17 games as United struggled for form until a recent improvement in results.

Regarding a new contract with United he said: “They didn’t [offer it yet] and I’m not expecting them to do because they gave me a three-year contract. They were being super supportive with me. They always gave me the feeling that three years is not the time I’m going to stay.”

“I know that if one day they bring a new contract, I will sign it.”

Mourinho says he will not be making the switch to China – although he admitted that “China money is attractive for everyone”. With his winning record – which makes him a target for clubs across the globe – he believes that he has many years left at the top of European club competition.

“I want to stay in the most difficult place to win,” he said. “Too young, too many years of football to go to a place like China. China money is attractive for everyone but I love more my football at the highest level.”

Mourinho also claimed that he “will be more than happy to keep the squad as it is” as the January transfer window apparoaches, and also expresses sympathy for players who had less first-team opportunities.

“I still have some bad feelings towards myself because I didn’t give a real chance to everyone,” he said.

“Some positions in our squad have overbookings. The attacking wing positions, not just pure wingers but also others who can play there so we added Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney to Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial, Memphis Depay, Ashley Young.”

“So to be honest, people like Ashley Young and Memphis Depay, I didn’t really give them a run of matches to play.”