Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I Want to Keep Roo

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I Want to Keep Roo

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JOSE Mourinho maintains he wants to keep Wayne Rooney at United next season - but cannot guarantee the captain will stay at the club beyond the summer.

The 31-year-old remained on the bench during United's EFL Cup final win over Southampton and explored the possibility of a winter move to the Chinese Super League.

The England skipper is generating interest from the MLS as well as Everton, but said last week he would remain at Old Trafford at least until the end of the season.

Mourinho spoke glowingly about Rooney's influence at Old Trafford and dismissed the recent speculation over a possible return to Everton as 'nonsense'.

"So Wayne Rooney to Everton," Mourinho said. "I only can say that in the final with the result 2-2 with the team in difficulties, with the team possibly going to play 40 more minutes Rooney was ready to go onto the pitch. …

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