Mourinho: Rooney Is Not Leaving United

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Jose Mourinho is being persistent about Wayne Rooney’s future at Manchester United and he wants him to remain at the club.

The England skipper’s future at the club has been placed under a cloud of doubt, after being sidelined under the Portuguese manger.

Inter Milan are interested in acquiring the forward, with Ronald Koeman open to reuniting him with his former club at Everton.

Nevertheless, Mourinho is adamant Rooney will not be allowed to leave the club for the foreseeable future.

“You can write and say what you want about Wayne, but it is not true,” Mourinho told reporters.

“I know he’s the type of player I need and I know he can play at the top level. I can’t make this kind of mental exercise and say what’s going to happen at 32, 33, 34 or 35 [Rooney turned 31 this week].

“What I can say is that he’s a very good player, a very important player for us. He’s going nowhere.

“We like him, he likes us. He was not happy in the last matches because he was on the bench but I think he is even unhappier when he is not on the bench because he’s been injured and has to stay in the stands.

“There are no problems at all, but you need to sell papers and you write lies. Rooney is back Saturday.”

Rooney has a contract with United until June 2019.



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