Manchester - Wayne
Rooney said he is committed to Manchester United after his
record-breaking 250th goal for them as reports linking him with a move
to China continue to swirl.
The 31-year-old eclipsed Sir Bobby Charlton's goal-scoring record for
the club with a free-kick to equalize in injury time against Stoke City
on Saturday. However, after losing a regular starting spot with United,
speculation has grown that he might sign to play in the Chinese Super
Rooney, though, said that while he would like more game time, he is committed to the United.
"Of course, I'm committed to the club," Rooney said on Sunday. "I've
been at the club a long time and you know football is a strange game and
anything can happen, things change very quickly, but I'm happy at
"Of course, as I've said before, I want to play more games, but I'm in a happy place at the moment."
With his Old Trafford contract set to expire in June next year,
manager Jose Mourinho has started Rooney in just 17 of their 34 games
across all competitions.
His five goals have brought him to 250, with the record a delight to the England international.
“[It means] a hell of a lot,” Rooney said. “It’s difficult at the
moment to be over-pleased because of the result, two points dropped,
but in the grand scheme of things it’s a huge honor for me. It’s
something I never expected when I joined the club, but I’m really proud
and hopefully there’s a lot more to come.”
The tributes flowed following the game, led by the man he overtook.
“He’s a true great for club and country,” Charlton said. “It’s
fitting he is now the highest goalscorer for both United and England.”
Pele tweeted: “Congratulations @waynerooney for being a tremendous talent and a great representative of your club and country.”
Mourinho also had praise, but had one eye on results.
“It’s been going on too long,” Mourinho said. “I think it’s an
amazing achievement, something not to forget, and I think you should
speak about Wayne’s record today and tomorrow for 24 hours a day and
then let him be a normal guy."
“Obviously he is a legend in the history of our club and English
football, but the record is in his pocket and now we just want to let
him be a normal player and try to score more goals.”
United next face Hull City in the second-leg of the League Cup semi-final at the Kingston Communications Stadium on Thursday with Rooney looking to extend his goal-scoring record.
Kick off is at 21:45.