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Wayne Rooney wants to stay at Manchester United on one condition

Old Trafford skipper has become a mere squad player under United's new manager but is desperate to prove himself

Wayne Rooney wants to stay at Manchester United, so long as he gets to play more often next season.

Rooney has been widely tipped to leave Old Trafford this summer, but told boss Jose Mourinho wants to stay at the club.

Wayne Rooney insists he wants to stay at Manchester United next season

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Wayne Rooney insists he wants to stay at Manchester United next season

Speaking ahead of United’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo, Rooney said: “Would I like to stay? I’ve been at this club 13 years, but I want to play football.”

Pressed if he hopes to do that at United, he added: “Of course. You want to play every game. This season I haven’t played as much as I would have liked. I’ve tried to help the team on the pitch and off it.

“I haven’t thrown my toys out of the pram but I’m a football player and I want to play football. The more I play the better, and the more I feel I can help the team.”

Rooney has been eased out of the side this season, but played all 90 minutes in United’s 2-0 loss against Arsenal last Sunday.

Wayne Rooney has been very much a squad player this season but insists he "has not thrown his toys out of the pram"

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Wayne Rooney has been very much a squad player this season but insists he “has not thrown his toys out of the pram”

The former England captain, 31, has two years left on his contract at Old Trafford, but offers are likely to come for a bumper payday in China or America.

 

United hold a 1-0 lead over Spanish side Celta Vigo going into the semi-final second leg at Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney ran his socks off last time out against Arsenal

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Wayne Rooney ran his socks off last time out against Arsenal

Rooney didn’t play in United’s first leg 1-0 victory over the Spanish side and could miss out again tonight.

But he declared: “I said in October, November, that this club will be successful under Jose Mourinho, having seen the way he works.

“If we can win the Europa League, that will be three ­trophies in his first season.

“We’re not far off challenging for the Premier League and, I hope, next season in the Champions League.”