Wayne Rooney has put to bed rumours of a move to China in a statement released to the Press Association and insists he’s staying put.
Momentum has been building over the 31-year-old’s Old Trafford future, with the riches on offer in the Chinese Super League a tantalising prospect.
The striker has been in and out of Jose Mourinho’s United side throughout the season so far and has struggled to make any lasting impact.
It was that understood Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford had been in China speaking to interested clubs – but now the United and England captain in a statement released to the Press Association has confirmed he is staying put.
The statement read: “Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Manchester United.
“I hope I will play a full part in helping the team in its fight for success on four fronts. It’s an exciting time at the club and I want to remain a part of it.”
Rooney is United’s record goalscorer and has won five Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy since joining them as an 18-year-old for £27m from Everton in 2004.
The forward, whose contract expires in 2019, has said he would not play for an English club other than United or Everton.
The January Transfer window is often a boring phenomenon in world football. But the recently concluded one was perhaps the worst of all.
No big rumours, no big signing, no drama, and to top it all, it was the first time that Premier League clubs made a profit after the window shut.
Well, nevertheless this video by Kick takes you through a few transfers that did take place, a few moves that weren’t so big, but were predictable to say the least.
Take a look!
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Manolo Gabbiadini (Napoli to Southampton)
DONE DEAL – £14.6m (Dh66.9m)
Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri never really knew what to do with Gabbiadini; a frustrating talent capable of brilliance but often drifts into anonymity. Saints’ forward line has been hit by injuries but for the 25-year-old to have an impact he must find some consistency.
Helder Costa (Benfica to Wolves)
DONE DEAL – £13m (Dh59.6m)
The Championship club have continued the positive vibes of knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup by smashing their transfer record to land the 23-year-old Portuguese forward who has spent the first half of the season on loan, scoring nine goals in 28 games.
Moussa Dembele (Celtic to Chelsea)
NEW TARGET – £30m (Dh137.9m)
Chelsea are reportedly considering a bid for Celtic’s highly-rated forward, although they could end up deferring their interest until the summer. Dembele has long been on the radar of some of Europe’s leading clubs, even though he only joined Celtic last summer. The Scottish champions are confident they won’t lose their star striker during this transfer window, but Chelsea could test their resolve.
Jese (PSG to Las Palmas)
DEAL AGREED – Loan
A miserable time in Paris is coming to a temporary end for the Spanish forward who is set to join his hometown club on loan until the end of the season. Jese made just one Ligue 1 start for the French champions after signing from Real Madrid for €25 million (Dh98.2m).
Sead Kolasinac (Schalke to Chelsea)
IN TALKS – £15m (Dh68.7m)
Juventus looked the most likely destination for the Bosnian left-back but the Bianconeri have no intentions of making any signings today which leaves Chelsea open to swoop. The 23-year-old is out of contract in the summer but Schalke are still reluctant to sell.