Wayne Rooney says he 'more or less' knows what he'll be doing next season
Rooney says he has “more or less” made a decision but will discuss it with his family over the next few weeks before making it public.
The Manchester United captain confirmed he has offers on the table from clubs in England and abroad but confirmed he wants to finish his career having played for only two Premier League clubs – boyhood heroes Everton and United – which leaves the door open for a return to Goodison Park.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman has expressed interest in taking Rooney back to his boyhood club and the United captain is also understood to have had offers from China and the USA.
Rooney, who wants more regular football, came on for the final few minutes of last night’s Europa League triumph over Ajax in Stockholm which ensures they return to the Champions League next season.
Asked if he has already made up his mind up, the Unitd skipper said: “More or less, yeah. I’ve got to make a decision and I’ll do that over the next few weeks with my family while I’m away on holiday and, honestly, as soon as I know what’s going on then, I’m sure you will.
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There’s lots of offers on the table, both in England and abroad, and really that’s what I have to decide on
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney
“There’s lots of offers on the table, both in England and abroad, and really that’s what I have to decide on.”
Asked if you could play for another Premier League club, he said: “I’ve played for two Premier League clubs and I’ve always said they’re the only two Premier League clubs I’ll play for.”
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Rooney, who will be 32 in October, has a year left on a £300,000-a-week contract and says Jose Mourinho wants him to stay. But he is frustrated that he is no longer a starter for the big games, as in Stockholm last night.
And he knows he could fall further down the pecking order with United expected to make three of four signings this summer, with Atletico Madrid’s Antonie Griezmann their top target and Everton's Romelu Lukaku also on the radar.
Rooney added: “As the manager has said before, he wants me to stay but I just have to make a decision in terms of a football decision, and that’s what I’ll do.
“First of all I’ve always been a team player. This year, I’ve never once sulked, let my head drop, I’ve understood what was best for the team, I’ve tried to help when the manager’s played me.
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“Of course you want to play, you want to be on the pitch. I think a younger me would have been a lot more frustrated.
"I think I understand what’s right and what’s needed for the club, and I respect that.
“Obviously I’ve been happy to be part of that and in some way help the club win trophies, and that’s the way it’s been over the last 18 months. And that’s a decision I have to make now – whether I want to continue doing that or go on and play more regular football.”
Rooney has started only 25 of United’s 64 matches this season, coming on as a substitute in 14 more, but feels he is fit enough to have played a lot more.
“I still believe I could have played all 64,” he said after a season when he scored only eight goals, his lowest tally since joining United from Everton for £28m in 2004.
He added: "You know, if you’re asking me if I’m a better player now than I was 10 years ago, then obviously I’m not but I still feel I’ve got other qualities that can help the team and as I said, it’s a decision now I’ll make in the next couple of weeks.”
Rooney was left on the bench last night until Mourinho sent him on with only four minutes left and the game won and has today been left out of the England squad for games against Scotland and France.