Manchester United superstar Wayne Rooney had rejected a switch to the cash-rich Chinese Super League in the last summer transfer window.
Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan approached the English striker with a tempting offer and had even held talks with his agent Paul Stretford, the club’s honorary chairman claimed.
Luo Ning spoke to a Beijing radio station: “We indeed made an approach for Rooney at the beginning of the season but he’s informed us that he wants to stay in Manchester United.”
“Rooney says he’ll keep playing in the Premier League as long as his health allows. We even met with his agent.”
Rooney, whose current contract at Manchester United expires in 2019 and pockets £300k-a-week, was approached by Beijing Guoan in the last summer transfer window. But Rooney had no intentions to leave and he rejected the tempting offer from the Chinese Super League club.
Rooney has found life difficult under new manager Jose Mourinho after a series of sloppy performances this season. The England skipper has faced an uphill task in sealing a permanent place in the United first team and was linked with a move to MLS side La Galaxy and Premier League club Everton.
Wayne Rooney’s last goal came against Bournemouth in the opening fixture this season on 14th August. He broke his prolonged goal drought in the Europa League clash with a stunning goal against Fenerbahce last week. The Man Utd legend has showed sparks of improvement with every passing game before putting up an inspiring performance in the 3-1 win over Swansea on Sunday – where he earned two valuable assists.
Rooney is now on international duty for England’s World Cup Qualifier clash against Scotland this Friday. And according to recent reports, the Man Utd star is expected to don the captain’s arm band under interim Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate.