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Mourinho gives no guarantees on Rooney future

SAINT-ÉTIENNE, France (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was coy on questions over Wayne Rooney’s future at the club as he confirmed the striker was still not fit enough to return for their Europa League clash with Saint-Etienne. There have been rumours that Rooney, who is no longer an integral part of the United side under Mourinho, could eventually leave for the mega-rich Chinese Super League.

“You have to ask him,” said Mourinho on Tuesday when asked if there was any chance the 31-year-old could follow in the footsteps of the likes of former United team-mate Carlos Tevez and move there before the 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, though, insisted 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 team-mates in Manchester but was not part of the 20-man squad that flew to France.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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