Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney would prefer to join another Premier League club than move to the Chinese Super League, according to The Independent.
Numerous reports in the British media have stated that Rooney is considering ending his 13-year spell at Old Trafford to take up staggering salary offers in the Far East.
The transfer window in China does not shut until next Tuesday, so a deal could happen, but The Independent reports that United’s all-time leading goalscorer wants to stay in England for football and family reasons.
The publication claims that Rooney’s representatives have been considering other options after learning that he will remain a bit-part player under manager Jose Mourinho.
The lucrative Chinese Super League was considered, but the player’s camp reportedly concluded that the division is not a high enough standard for their client.
Considering the hefty wages that Rooney is currently on at United, there would not be many Premier League clubs that would be able to afford him.
The England skipper was linked to Chelsea a few years ago when Mourinho was in charge, but the team is a different setup under current boss Antonio Conte.
Manchester City arguably have the money to match Rooney’s wages, but leaving United for their enemy neighbours would not put him in the best light among fans.
A fairytale return to where it all began at Everton could be quite a fitting way for Rooney to spend the last few years of his career, but once again, wages become an issue.
It is also worth noting that despite the forward’s stature in the game, he has only started eight Premier League matches this season.
In addition, during 28 outings in all competitions, Rooney has scored five goals.