Published: Sun, February 26, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Wayne Rooney Committs Future to Manchester United; Returns to Training


The future of the England captain has become increasingly uncertain in recent weeks, with the Premier League veteran seemingly falling out-of-favour under Jose Mourinho this season.

After nearly 13 seasons at the club, Rooney became United's all-time top goal scorer at the start of 2017, surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton's haul of 249 goals with a last minute free-kick against Stoke City in January.

Despite the millions on offer if Rooney were to pursue a move to China, former United captain Keane has urged him to remain closer to home as he still has plenty of time left in his career to cut it in Europe.

In spite of reports all week linking the Manchester United forward with a move to the Chinese Super League, Rooney is staying put for the time-being at the very least. Whether he'll go back to Everton for a year or two, I don't know.

Rooney could nearly double what the best paid footballer in the world, Carlos Tevez, gets every week if he goes to China.

"No way Wayne Rooney should be going to China", Keane told ITV. He'll get frustrated, I don't see him hanging about if he doesn't play in the big games.

"I think it's not the moment now to talk about what will happen, or what we need, or what we like for next season", he was quoted as saying in The Mirror.

"I hope I will play a full part in helping the team in its fight for success on four fronts".

"If his time at Manchester United is up, then it is up, but he will still be an important player for numerous top clubs in England, Italy, Spain, Germany, or France".

"I would never push - or try to push - a legend of this club to another destiny".

The ex-defender added that he was unsure if Rooney would be around for much longer but understands any restlessness the player may be experiencing at the club.

Fabio Cannavaro, the head coach of Tianjin Quanjian, has admitted that the club did make an enquiry over Rooney's availability but decided against a formal bid as the former Everton man was not considered suitable to their style of play. "If Manchester United don't want him, plenty of other clubs will".

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