Wayne Rooney has put an end to speculations about him leaving Manchester United as the player has confirmed that he will be staying at the club.
Speculative reports of Rooney leaving Manchester United first emerged after British media started reporting that Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, was in China to see if he could negotiate a deal for the England forward to leave United.
These speculations had their roots in the fact that Rooney hasn’t been able to command a regular starting place under manager Jose Mourinho.
“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 in a statement on Thursday.
In January he broke Bobby Charlton’s club goal-scoring record but has fallen behind the likes of Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford in the competition for a first-team place.
In the statement, on United’s website, he said: “I hope I will play a full part in helping the team in its fight for success on four fronts.” His current Manchester United contract expires after the 2017-2018 season.