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Rooney pledges future to Man United amid rumours of move to China

The club’s record goalscorer wants to remain a part of the Red Devils’ push for success this season.

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WAYNE ROONEY INSISTS he is not leaving Manchester United despite increased speculation linking him with a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League.

Rooney has started just three of the club’s last 20 league matches having failed to secure a regular spot in Jose Mourinho’s first XI this season.

Earlier this week Mourinho refused to rule out a move away for the England captain, while there had been reports that Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford was in China sussing out a deal for the 31-year-old.

However, United’s record goalscorer has released a statement today indicating he was humbled by the interest shown in him but he does not want to leave Old Trafford, where he has spent 13 years since moving from Everton.

“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,” Rooney said.

“I hope I will play a full part in helping the team in its fight for success on four fronts [Premier League, EFL Cup, FA Cup and Europa League].

“It’s an exciting time at the club and I want to remain a part of it.”

The Chinese transfer window remains open until the end of February, meaning a deal could have been struck with immediate effect.

On Wednesday, Tianjin Quanjian coach Fabio Cannavaro admitted his club had approached Rooney but ruled out a move on the grounds that he did not fit his preferred style of play.

Beijing Guoan have been linked with Rooney on the basis that they remain under the quota of foreign players allowed in the Chinese league, though Jiangsu Suning had also been tipped as a possible destination despite currently being at the limit.

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