A recent report from Sky Sports has revealed that despite having a strong interest from the Chinese Super League, Wayne Rooney will stay at Old Trafford at least until the end of the season.
Just a few hours back, it was reported that Manchester United would not stand in way if Rooney decides to hang his Man United cleats to leave the club and even Jose Mourinho went on to say that he cannot guarantees whether Rooney will stay at the club or not.
“You have to ask him,” Mourinho said after he was asked about Rooney’s future. “I can’t guarantee that I’m here next week so how can I guarantee a player won’t be here next season?
“So you have to ask him if he wants to stay at the club for the rest of his career or if he sees himself moving on. I’m happy to have him.”
Soon after Mourinho’s aforementioned comments on Rooney’s future, clubs like Guangzhou Evergrande, who are managed by Felipe Scolari, and Beijing Guoan showed a potential interest.
The rumors also reported that The Chinese Super League, whose transfer window remains open until February 28, are willing to offer Wayne Rooney a once in a lifetime wage pack that will make him the best-paid player, but now it seems like the club’s record goal scorer will stay at the club.
The 31-year-old has been limited to just 8 Premier League starts this season and has been more of a squad player for Jose Mourinho. But Mourinho’s reluctance to let Rooney leave sure makes sense as the Devils are active in all four competition and even though Rooney might not play a huge part in any of those, a sustainable depth in the roster will help Mourinho to plan his tactics better.
And it was the same reason as to why Mourinho didn’t sell Ashley Young in the January transfer window.
Rooney, right at this very moment, is out with a muscle injury and hasn’t traveled with the squad to play the second leg of the Europa League tie. Besides this, the manager has also confirmed that his participation in the EFL cup final against Southampton is also a doubt.