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Rooney happy at United

2009-11-13 11:14

Doha - Wayne Rooney has dismissed speculation that he could be tempted to move to Spain by insisting that he would happily finish his career at Manchester United.

Barcelona were reported last week to be planning an 85 million pound bid to lure the England striker to the Nou Camp while his former team-mate, Cristiano Ronaldo, has said he would love to see Rooney playing alongside him at Real Madrid.

But Rooney, preparing for England's friendly against Brazil on Saturday, revealed that he expects to shortly begin talking to United about extending his contract beyond 2012, when his current deal is due to expire.

"It is nice to get noticed but I have said before I am really happy at United," the 24-year-old said. "Unless they tell me otherwise, I can't really see myself leaving.

"Obviously I've got two years left after this year (season), so I'm sure over the next few months we will be negotiating a new deal."

Asked if he was contemplating finishing his career at Old Trafford, Rooney responded with an emphatic 'yes', before underlining the importance he attaches to being close to his roots in nearby Liverpool.

"I love the place," Rooney said. "It is 30 minutes from home and all my family and I have got a great chance of winning trophies.

"It is a massive club. Growing up, although I was an Everton fan, I used to love watching United play, the way they played and attacked, always right to the end and scoring so many late goals.

"Now to be there and winning trophies, I don't think I will be going anywhere soon."

The hunger of United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has also contributed to Rooney's love affair with the club, and the striker understands why the Scot, who received a four-match touchline ban on Thursday, is capable of getting so worked up over perceived injustices at the hands of referees.

"Still now at his age he wants to win all the time and it is incredible to see," Rooney said.

Rooney himself was given a disciplinary rap on the knuckles after he mouthed "12 men" into a television camera in the wake of United's controversial 1-0 defeat by Chelsea on Sunday.

On reflection he accepts that the implied suggestion that referee Martin Atkinson had favoured Chelsea was unwise.

"I felt we deserved more out of the game and obviously at the end emotions were high. But when I look back, probably I should not have said it.

"I felt we did not get the decisions but that is the way it goes. There are games when we have got them when we shouldn't have."

AFP

Comments
  • Stuff - 2009-11-13 11:43

    http://www.soccerbible.com/news/general/archive/2009/11/10/football-videos-wayne-rooney-nike-pro-combat-10-11-09.aspx

  • Marc - 2009-11-13 12:10

    Over-rated. He isnt even worth 50m, I cannot believe Barca are willing to pay over the odds again, just like they did with Ibrahimovic. Torres must then be worth 200m, Drogba 150m, Pato 100m,Villa 120m

  • Pieter - 2009-11-13 12:45

    Please Marc!!! What BS are you talking?? Rooney is one of the best and will be the best striker in a few years time, there's no doubt about it. All these players you mention were nothing 7 years ago, but from the age of 18 Rooney has played like the best! Pato I agree with because he's definitely gonna be a great star, but the others are just over rated, their very good, but not great! I think you need to watch some more football before you make kak comments like this!!

  • Flynn - 2009-11-13 13:24

    @Marc - man you must a Liverpool supporter, Rooney is worth every penny of that 85 mil. He is a worker, although he does not get enough goals but defenders are on their toes when Rooney plays. He helps to get goals for the club and surely many clubs will pay even more for him like Real, AC Milan, etc

  • Marc - 2009-11-13 13:25

    @Pieter:" but the others are just over rated, their very good, but not great"...are you some kind of a wind-up merchant pal? So Torres isnt great, Drogba isnt great?I think its you who's talking kak....however he's probably worth more than the rest of the Manure tripe combined. Tell me have you ever seen these players in action, or are you just an armchair observer?

  • MANUTD TILL I DIE - 2009-11-13 13:38

    Marc 11/13/2009 12:10 PM you really no nothing about football do you, who would pay 150 mill for drogba since he is in his 30's and suspended half the time because he thinks he is better than anyone. dont let me start on torres who is injured for half the time, villa also has injury problems and pato will not leave ac milan at the moment. so when you know your football then come comment. other wise just shut the hell up. rooney is pure class, ask cappello who as coached the best players in the world. only you idiot anti manutd fans post stupid comments about rooney.ggmu

  • Deez - 2009-11-13 13:40

    Glory Glory, Wayne Rooney is Man UTD!

  • MK_Johannesburg - 2009-11-13 13:50

    Loving these Rags supporters that stick up for Rooney, I suppose you must be worried about him leaving, since Utd is a one-man team. Their empire is slowly crumbling, not to mention the debt they're in. What happened to the 80m recieved for Crynaldo? It went to pay off debt my glory-hunter friends. The same will happen with Rooney. Oh and you must be worried that you will soon become the second team in Manchester. Loving it

  • Marc - 2009-11-13 14:05

    MANUTD TILL I DIE: First-class muppet, and typical of the Prawn Sandwich brigade

  • bon - 2009-11-13 14:41

    @Marc, are you retarded?

  • TrueRed - 2009-11-13 14:54

    @MK_Johannesburg, you sound like a sad little man, using terms like "glory hunters" when referring to the team that has taken more titles in this decade than any other English Premier League outfit. Ferguson chose not to invest in any expensive players this season because he clearly stated that players are overpriced in the current transfer market, and not because he couldn't spend the 80m from Ronaldo. Now go back to your cupboard and look at the United shirt that you are hiding in there...I'm sure that you can get someone to print "ROONEY" on it for you!! LOL!!!

  • Danny - 2009-11-13 15:08

    I agree with marc- Rooney: best goal sucker in history, no skill, no class, not good to look at while playing, ugly as ***t. If anyone can trully tell me that he is better then van persie, torres, drogba, ronaldo, kaka, villa, ibrahimovic just to name a few must be a typical man utd supporter. HE IS CRAP people there are many much better then him and at 24 i can't see him doing much in his carreer or being a legend one day because up until now he has failed to impress. 'He's not scoring many now but was much better before' i hear you say, well without Ronaldo handing him the ball on a silver platter he won't do much you just watch and see.

  • tebogo - 2009-11-13 16:29

    Rooney is a great striker currently in England, he must no make a mistake and go to Spain.What happened to Ronaldo now.

  • United Fan - 2009-11-16 09:08

    MARC. Your either do not know much about soccer you you just an idiot. You should read your stupid comments before you post and see how dom you look. Torres, play one, injured one. Drogma, drama queen , I am surprised their names didnt come up for buying. There must something that Rooney is doing right if his did. You surely do hate man united, but have a little respect for yourself, dont be a fool.

  • Stetford - 2009-11-16 21:21

    I hope Fergie can get David Villa to partner Rooney. Villa is a better striker than Torres for Spain. Lets see what happens in January or July. There is this great expectation................Ribery or Villa are on their way to Old Trafford! GGMU.

  • redryan - 2009-11-17 13:56

    Marc , ''think before you ink ''as the saying goes mate . If Rooney was all that bad would he always be the first name on Capello's list for England ? Rooney is the complete player , he is a natural athlete , and can and will play anywhere that he is asked to , without whingeing I might add . He has exemplary vision and will give you a 110% for a full 90 minutes and beyond . His value to United extends beyond that of a world class striker , he can score goals , be a playmaker and put in crosses to his team-mates , defend and counter on the break with extreme speed and generally lift the team and the game just by being on the field . In short , he is every managers dream player .

  • kgakgamatso pharo - 2009-11-17 14:02

    4 Rooney i think is just 2 much!

  • stevieG - 2009-11-17 14:09

    Danny , get your head out your a#*s* mate or is it up Marc's a#*s* ? What the heck are you talking about ? You sound like a Liverfool supporter eating sour grapes cos Rooney chose to go to United instead of Liverfool .. Rooney upfront with David Silva in midfield is soon going to be a reality '. I don't see Real or Barca saying they want to buy any of Fool's players for 85 million pounds , cos they are not worth it . Ronaldo wants Rooney at Real - why ? He could have asked for Torres - oops sorry , he is injured - again . The one ship that all you Fool supporters want to dock in Liverfool is one that you will never see - THE PREMIERSHIP .

  • Rafa da Star - 2009-11-17 18:48

    OooooooooohLaaaaaalaala! Rooney has 3 Premiership WINNERS medals amongst others, please remind us how many StevieG has??? If they win the FA cup this season he would have won the lot. The biggest fear is that he will get bored and go abroad! So all you ManUtd haters, go f**k yourselves..

  • Rooney - 2009-11-17 19:54

    Please, last time I checked liverpool hasnt won the league in 20 years. So when you fools win the league maybe then you can consider your overrated team true champions. Until then you'r just LIVERFOOLS.As for the debt story liverpool is the club with debt of 250 million pounds!

  • Rooney - 2009-11-17 20:01

    Lastime I checked Liverpool is the club with a debt of 250million pounds. When Liverpool finally wins the league after a 20 year wait, then you LiverFools can talk. Until then Glory Glory...

  • mpho - 2009-11-19 11:55

    what a wonderful young and talented player like rooney,the man is a star and without you man united is nothing.your presence at man united means a lot to us.stay so long as you want

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