Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that captain Wayne Rooney could leave the club this summer, despite the Red Devils’ all-time leading goalscorer rejecting the advances of other clubs in the mid-season window.
The England captain has been linked with a move to China and Everton, amongst others, and Jose Mourinho said in his press conference ahead of this weekend’s clash with Bournemouth that Rooney rejected offers to move during the recent transfer window.
However, Mourinho could not offer assurances that Rooney would stay beyond the summer and it adds further fuel to the fire in the debate about the future of United’s longest-serving player.
‘I only can say that in the EFL Cup final, with the result 2-2 and with the team in difficulties and with the team possibly going to play 40 more minutes, Rooney was ready to go into the pitch. So he’s not the player to play in the last minute, or to give him a gift to be in the wining final, it’s a player you trust to play and your crucial change.’
‘I got as a very strong message from Wayne – “I don’t go anywhere, especially China, I want to fight and help this team in every single one,” so until the end of the season he is 100 per cent with us.’
‘Next season 100 per cent I would like him to be with us but I don’t give you 100 per cent. I like the players to be happy and not just to be with me because I want them with me.’
With continued links between Manchester United and Antoine Griezmann, Rooney is likely to have additional competition for places at Old Trafford next season and that could play a huge part in his decision.