José Mourinho: I Cannot Guarantee He Will Be Here Next Season
Posted by Jordan Clarke | Published on March 3, 2017
Manchester United manager José Mourinho has revealed that he wants Wayne Rooney to stay at Old Trafford next season, but he cannot guarantee the club’s record-breaking goalscorer will.
Mourinho, who became the first Manchester United manager to win a major trophy last week, recently said he would ‘never push a club legend out of the door’ and following Rooney’s noninvolvement in United’s EFL Cup final triumph, speculation over the United and England captain’s future has began to circulate.
The 31-year-old recently dismissed links with a move to the Chinese Super League, however, Rooney’s boyhood club Everton are reportedly interested in bringing their former man back to Goodison Park following a stint on the sidelines for Manchester United.
Speaking at his press conference today, Mourinho revealed that he wants Rooney to stay both this season and next season:
“Wayne Rooney to Everton? 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 into the pitch.”
“Until the end of the season, 100 per cent he is with us. Next season, 100 per cent I’d like him to be with us, but I don’t give you 100 per cent as always the player is very important. I am the kind of manager who likes his players to be happy.”
“The message I got was a very strong message, ‘I don’t go anywhere, especially China. I want to fight and help this team’.”
“He’s selected for tomorrow with possibilities to play, start or be on the bench, so since the moment he decided to stay and to help the team and to fight for Manchester United, he’s an important player for us.”