English Premiership

Rooney: I won't play for another Premier League club

2016-06-09 08:50
Wayne Rooney (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has revealed that he has no intentions of plying his trade with another Premier League outfit. 

Rooney joined United from Everton in 2004 and has come close to leaving Old Trafford on a number of occasions. The closest point came in 2010 when he handed in a transfer request after Chelsea expressed interest in acquiring his services. 

With nothing materialising in the end, Rooney stayed with the Red Devils. However, in 2013, he once again was considering a move to the Blues as he wanted to play under manager Jose Mourinho, who was starting his second stint with the club at the time. 

The Portuguese tactician was sacked from his position with Chelsea in December last year and he recently signed a deal to succeed Louis van Gaal as United’s manager. 

Now that Rooney’s wish of being coached by Mourinho has come true, the 30-year-old has no intentions of going anywhere else.

Rooney will have his testimonial match against old club Everton on August 3.

"For me there could not be a more special Testimonial match. Manchester United and Everton are the only clubs I have played for as a professional footballer," Rooney said at the launch of the Wayne Rooney Foundation.

"I am happy to say now that, whatever may happen in the future, I will never play for another Premier League club.

"I owe United and Everton everything for giving me my footballing opportunities. Through the Wayne Rooney Foundation I want to put something back and, at the same time, say a heartfelt thanks to everyone at these great clubs who ever helped me in my career.

"Everton and United, along with my family, gave me the support and opportunity to help me achieve my goals and dreams.

"Having a young family of my own makes me realise it's vital that every child gets the opportunity to grow up surrounded by love and support to give them a chance of fulfilling their potential.

In the recently concluded season, United won the FA Cup, but failed to qualify for the Champions League as they finished fifth in the Premier League. 

With Mourinho now at the helm, Rooney and his team-mates will be looking to have a much stronger campaign next season.

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