But according to M.E.N‘s Stuart Mathieson, the captain will meet with Mourinho during this summer’s pre-season tour to discover what role he has under the Portuguese next year before making a decision.
Rooney announced last season that he would retire from England – and probably football at his level – after the 2018 World Cup in Russia – which, by this time next year, would have seen Gareth Southgate’s depart under the usual gloom and national outcry for change.
And this, I think, deserves closer inspection. The captain has set himself a benchmark here. In his eyes, the upcoming World Cup serves as his last chance to make an impression on the international stage, to bow out gracefully as captain of his country after over 15 years of services.
By extension, keeping his place in the United squad up to that point would have been paramount, which is probably why a move to China or the US has been largely dismissed by the captain.
This is why he returned to Carrington early; this is why we have heard next to nothing of any substance about a move elsewhere.
He wants to fight for his place at Old Trafford for one more season, but something massive will have to change if he is to fulfil his dream of leading his country out in Russia next year.