Friday 24 November 2017

Wayne Rooney refuses to confirm he will be at Man United next season

Wayne Rooney scored on his return to the Manchester United line-up
Wayne Rooney scored on his return to the Manchester United line-up
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Wayne Rooney has claimed he can play at the highest level for another few years, but he has refused to confirm if he will still be at Manchester United next season.

Persistent rumours suggest that a deal is in place for him to join Everton this summer, yet United captain Rooney side-stepped questions on his future ahead of Thursday night’s Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.

Asked by Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves whether he could continue to perform in the Premier League for ‘another two or three years’ after a season that has seen him become a back-up striker at United, Rooney offered this response:

“Yes. Even longer I think. Everyone mentions that age, I’m 31, not an old person. Of course, I’ve played a lot of games.

“I know I’m good enough to play at the top level. People have their opinions, which I respect, and I have mine.

“I feel I can contribute quality, composure, experience, and know-how, how to get over the line, whether it’s to win the league or finish top four or get to the final. That’s a lot of experience I can contribute to the team.

“Of course it’s good to be back. I want to be back playing, and hopefully between now and the end of the season and leave a mark on the games I play.

“Who knows, not playing so many games this season might benefit me.”

Former United captain Roy Keane suggested Rooney’s time at United was coming to an end after he was overlooked for last week’s Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht last week, as he admits he has been frustrated by his lack of first team chances at United this season.

“You want to play games and I know I’m good enough to play, but I am happy to be back in the side now and I want to stay there,” added Rooney, who will fill the void left by the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the rest of this season.

“I answered the questioned in February (about his future).  “My focus at the minute is helping us reach the Europa League final, and to win it, and help us get to the top four. That's my focus at the minute.”

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