Update on Wayne Rooney's Manchester United future amid China talkMourinho on whether Rooney will go to China
Wayne Rooney will not be pushed out of the Manchester United door by manager Jose Mourinho.
But the Reds' boss was unable to say whether his 31-year-old captain would still be at Old Trafford when the Chinese Super League window closes next Tuesday.
Speculation has been rife that the 31-year-old United skipper and striker is ready to quit the club and make a hugely lucrative swansong move to China.
Rooney has been linked with an astonishing £600,000-plus a week transfer to the Far East ending his almost 13-year career at United.
The England captain became the club's all time top scorer last month when he scored his 250 United goal at Stoke overtaking Sir Bobby Charlton.
But he hasn't started for Mourinho in the Premier League since before Christmas and has only been in the opening XI in FA Cup and EFL Cup matches before injuring his hamstring this month.
His future is now clouded in doubt and as the clock ticks to the close of the Chinese transfer window Mourinho was asked in France ahead of United's Europa League tie against Saint-Etienne
if he could guarantee Rooney would still be at United after the February 28 deadline.
“You have to ask him. Of course I can’t guarantee. I cannot guarantee that I’m here next week, how can I guarantee that a player is here next season?” said the Reds' boss.
“What I can guarantee is that if one day Wayne leaves the club it is not because I want him to leave the club. I would never push a legend of this club to another destiny.
“You have to ask him if he sees himself staying in the club for the rest of his career or sees himself moving.
“It is not a question for me because I am happy to have him. You have to ask him, not me.
“I was very open with you in the answer. I don’t want him to leave.”
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