Rooney to China unlikely to happen this month
Wayne Rooney is unlikely to leave Manchester United for China this month, according to reports.
Several press reports suggested that Rooney was on the verge of a move to Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian, but Tianjin coach Fabio Cannavaro has said the discussions haven’t progressed.
The BBC said that Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford was in China trying to hammer out a deal with several clubs, but that it remained unlikely to happen
For now, Rooney is expected to stay with Manchester United until the end of the season.
Even Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho been unable to say for sure if Rooney was leaving.
“You have to ask him,” said Mourinho on Tuesday when asked if there was any chance the 31-year-old could move out to the Far East before the Chinese transfer window closes next week.
Of course I can’t guarantee (he will be here). I can’t guarantee that I’m here next week, how can I guarantee that a player is here next season?”
Mourinho has insisted that he wants Rooney to stay, saying: “I would never push, or try to push, a legend of this club to another destiny.”
Rooney trained with his United team-mates in Manchester on Tuesday morning but was not part of the 20-man squad that flew to France for Wednesday’s Europa League clash last 32 second leg with Saint-Etienne.
Meanwhile, former United players Roy Keane and Phil Neville said that Rooney should not go to China.
Speaking on TV, Keane said: “'There is no way Wayne Rooney should be going to China, he can still play football at the top level in England, Germany, Spain, Italy – madness.”
“Going to China is madness, he's 31-years-old and there's plenty left for Wayne Rooney to do at the top level in Europe. I don't think he's short of money, is he?” added Keane.
Meanwhile, Neville said: "At the moment, he's not in the team and has got a slight knock but Mkhitaryan has gone off injured tonight.
"You never know, he could come on in the final on Sunday and make a massive impact, score, and then finish the season so well.
"You've seen it so many times.
"I don't think he should write off his Manchester United career at this moment in time."
"I don't see Wayne Rooney playing football in China, I really don't," he added.
"I think he's someone that's a home bird. I think he likes living in the North-West, particularly around the Liverpool area.
"I can't see him taking his young family out to live in China. Yes, it's for vasts amount of money, but I just don't see it at all.”
George Coetzee in line for second title in as many weeks at Portugal Masters
The South African has replaced Julien Guerrier at the top of the leaderboard.
Amy Boulden fires eight birdies to take first LET title at Swiss Ladies Open
The 27-year-old Welshwoman made a closing round 64 to claim a three-shot victory.
Sam Burns takes the lead at Safeway Open as Russell Knox drops to third
The American Burns shot a seven-under 65 to sit two shots in front.
Julien Guerrier in control at midway point in Vilamoura
Overnight leader Liam Johnston could only add a 74 to his opening 61.
John Daly reveals he has been diagnosed with bladder cancer
Daly won the 1995 Open at St Andrews.
Suspense and surprise in store as US Open returns to Winged Foot
The venue has provided plenty of memorable US Open moments.
Russell Knox leads on day one as PGA Tour starts in California
The Scot was a stroke ahead in northern California, where wildfires have caused significant evacuations.
Liam Johnston sets pace at Portugal Masters with brilliant 61
The Scot was on course to record just the second 59 in European Tour history.
Two-time winner Brooks Koepka pulls out of US Open due to injury
The American has a knee issue.
Tommy Fleetwood hoping Portugal Masters can prove ideal preparation for US Open
Fleetwood was fourth in the US Open in 2017 and second in 2018, but 65th last year.