Rooney opens up over Manchester United futurePublished January 24, 2017
Wayne Rooney has reaffirmed his commitment to Manchester United following speculation linking him with a move away from Old Trafford.
The 31-year-old broke the Red Devils’ goalscoring record on Saturday with a magnificent free-kick in the 1-1 draw at Stoke City, but has seen his playing time limited in recent months by the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
This has fuelled talk of a potential switch away from the Manchester-based outfit. Former club Everton have been one of clubs linked with a bid for his services in recent weeks, with former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp the latest high-profile name to urge the Scouser to return to his boyhood team before the end of his career.
But speaking at the Football Writers’ Association Tribute evening (via ESPNFC), Rooney poured cold water on rumours of a transfer by indicating his happiness at his current situation at Old Trafford.
“Of course, I’m committed to the club,” Rooney said. “I’ve been at the club a long time and you know football is a strange game and anything can happen, things change very quickly, but I’m happy at Manchester United.
“Of course, as I’ve said before, I want to play more games, but I’m in a happy place at the moment.”
After a difficult start to the season, United are on a 17-game unbeaten run in all competitions, placing them firmly in the race for a Champions League qualifying birth. And Rooney, who has scored two and assisted five in his 8 Premier League starts, suggested that this is evidence that the club are on an upward trajectory under Jose Mourinho.
“I’ve been at the club a long time and you do get feelings of what is going to happen in the next two or three years.
“Jose Mourinho is certainly the right manager for the football club and I think in the next few years, the club will be very successful.”