Wayne Rooney set to reject big money move to China and stay at Man United for the rest of the season
Wayne Rooney will reject the chance to end his Manchester United career and secure a lucrative move to China in the next few days, according to the latest reports.
United are believed to have opened the door for Rooney to make a move to the Far East ahead of the Chinese Super League transfer deadline next Tuesday, yet Sky Sports are suggesting the 31-year-old striker will turn down those overtures for now.
Super League sides Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao and Beijing Guoan are believed to have offered Rooney huge financial packages to move to China for the start of their season next month, with United seemingly open to that prospect after developments in recent days.
United manager Jose Mourinho fuelled the rumours that Rooney may be on the brink of leaving the club after he confirmed that he could not guarantee whether his club captain would still be a part of his squad until the end of this season.
“You’ll have to ask him. Of course I can’t guarantee,” said Mourinho when asked whether Rooney would still be a United player for the rest of the campaign.
“I can’t guarantee that I’m here next week, how can I guarantee that a player is here next season?
“What I can guarantee is that if Wayne one day leaves the club it is not because I want him to leave the club. That’s the only thing I can guarantee.
“I would never push - or try to push - a legend of this club to another destiny.
“So you have to ask him if he sees himself staying in the club for the rest of his career or if he sees himself moving.
“It is not a question for me because I am happy to have him. I don’t want him to leave.”
Fresh reports claim Rooney may be persuaded to leave United now if he is left out of Mourinho’s squad for Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Southampton at Wembley, with his days at the club seemingly coming to an end even if he decides to remain in Manchester until mid-May.