Rooney clarifies Manchester United future

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Wayne Rooney has moved to end speculation over his future by declaring that he is staying put until at least the end of the season.

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United’s all-time record goalscorer has been strongly linked with a move to the Chinese Super League over the past week, with some reports suggesting that worries over his recent lack of playing time had forced agent Paul Stretford to head to the Far East to tout his client’s availability.

But in a statement made late on Thursday evening, the 31-year-old gave the clearest indication yet that he sees his future at Old Trafford.

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It read: “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.

“I hope I will 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.”

Rooney will now switch his attention to Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Southampton at Wembley, where he will hope to force his way into Mourinho’s plans.

He has scored five goals in 29 appearances so far this season but has started just eight games in the league for United after being usurped in the pecking order by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

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