Honorary chairman reveals Wayne Rooney turned down big move to Chinese Super League

by Tanveer Arayan

Wayne Rooney rejected an offer to join Beijing Guoan of the Chinese Super League last summer, according to Luo Ning, the club’s honorary chairman.

He revealed meetings with his agent Paul Stretford before the start of the season, but confirmed their offer was rejected.

The 31-year-old has lost his automatic starter status for club and country in recent weeks and many believed he’d look for a challenge elsewhere.

Speaking about the situation, Ning reveals Rooney intends to stay in the Premier League for as long as possible.

“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,” said Ning.

“Rooney says he’ll keep playing in the Premier League as long as his health allows. We even met with his agent [Stretford].”

Rooney’s £300,000-a-week contract at Man United expires in 2019 and it seems the wages weren’t a stumbling block for Beijing.

He set up two goals in Sunday’s 3-1 win at Swansea City and could be restored to the England team against Scotland at Wembley in a World Cup qualifier on Friday night.

Although he has struggled this season, he seems determined to fight for his career at Old Trafford.

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