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Manchester United Boss Mourinho Does Little To Calm Rooney Transfer Rumours

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Jose Mourinho, manager of Manchester United walks past Wayne Rooney during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League round-of-32 second leg against St Etienne at Aon Training Complex on February 21, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has refused to confirm that Wayne Rooney will still be at Old Trafford before the end of the season.

Rooney has been subject of exit rumours and Sky Sports now report that the Portuguese manager has refused to give any assurances to the club captain’s future at Old Trafford.

Rooney has been with United since 2004 having joined from boyhood club Everton but his time in Manchester could be coming to an end as Mourinho failed to give any hint that Rooney would definitely remain.

“You have to ask him.

“I can’t guarantee that I’m here next week so how can I guarantee a player won’t be here next season?”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United applauds the crowd after the Emirates FA Cup Fourth round match between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford on January 29, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Earlier this season Rooney overtook Sir Bobby Charlton’s record as Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer at the club.

During his 13 years at the club, Rooney has won five Premier League titles, along with the League Cup, FA Cup, Champions League and World Club Cup titles.

Rooney has been heavily linked with a move to China recently, and with a number of high profile moves to the Chinese Super League already in the last year, Rooney could be the latest to chase the riches on offer.

A move to another Premier League club outside the transfer window would not be possible meaning that China could be Rooney’s most likely destination should he exit the club.

Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena

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Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.