Wayne Rooney: Manchester United Captain Rejected Move Away From Old Trafford

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Wayne Rooney at St Georges Park, Burton-upon-Trent, England, November 8. Rooney rejected a summer move away from Manchester United. Laurence Griffiths/Getty

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has rejected a summer move to the Chinese Super League as he aims to remain at Old Trafford for as long as possible.

Luo Ning, Beijing Guoan's honorary chairman, revealed the news after his club attempted to sign the 31-year-old forward during the transfer window.

Ning met with Rooney's agent Paul Stratford but the deal broke down as Rooney made clear his intention to stay on in northwest England under new manager Jose Mourinho.

"We indeed made an approach for Rooney at the beginning of the season but he's informed us that he wants to stay at Manchester United," Luo told Beijing sports program Sports Night Talks.

"Rooney says he'll keep playing in the Premier League as long as his health allows."

The England captain is believed to have been the subject of interest from other clubs from the Chinese Super League.

Despite spending part of this season on the substitutes' bench, Rooney has broken back into Mourinho's team at Old Trafford.

He is currently on duty with England, however, preparing to face Scotland at Wembley Stadium on Friday.