Wayne wants to stay at Man United forever
LONDON: England striker Wayne Rooney has dismissed talk of a move overseas and said he wants to stay at Manchester United for the rest of his career.
“It’s nice to be noticed but I’m really happy at United and, unless they tell me otherwise, I can’t see myself leaving,” yesterday’s British newspapers quoted him as saying ahead of England’s friendly against Brazil in Qatar today.
“I’ve got two years left after this year on my contract so I’m sure we’ll be negotiating a new deal in the next few months.
“I love the place. It’s 30 minutes from home and all my family and I’ve got a great chance of winning more trophies,” added the 24-year-old, who became a father for the first time last week.
Rooney said he had wanted to face Brazil since he was a youngster but played down suggestions he was the England player closest to the Brazilians in talent, saying he was not even the most skilful in the squad.
“I’m happy when people say I play like a Brazilian because I love the way they play,” he said. “But there are other players who are more skilful than me in the England team. Joe Cole, for example.”
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who signed Rooney from Everton five years ago, has said the player could stand alongside the likes of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the best in the world.
Rooney felt he would first need to win on the biggest stage of all, however.
“If you want to be known and remembered in world football, I feel you would have to win a World Cup,” he said.
“Obviously there are players like George Best and Cristiano Ronaldo who are geniuses but personally I feel I have to help England win a World Cup to be considered like that.” – Reuters