Mourinho: I have no idea if Rooney will go to China

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The Portuguese says he would not criticise players for moving to the Far East but feels the skipper still has plenty to give the Red Devils

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he has no idea if Wayne Rooney will move to China in the summer amid speculation surrounding his future.

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The club captain became United’s all-time record goalscorer on Saturday, grabbing his 250th goal with a superb free kick against Stoke City.

Rooney has been far from a regular under Mourinho this season with recent reports suggesting clubs in China will make him a lucrative offer this summer.

Mourinho says he would not criticise players for opting to move to the Far East but says he has no knowledge of Rooney’s current plans.

“You will have to ask him. I think the future belongs to him and what he wants in his career,” he told the Manchester Evening News.

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“The way he wants to end it, the way he wants to enjoy the last part of his, that belongs to him.

“I don’t like to be critical of players who decide to go to China. It’s their life, it’s their organisation of their life, their organisation of their career.

“The money is huge, the experience can also be interesting. I know some of my colleagues think they are more important than they are and think they can interfere in the lives of other people, but I’m not that sort of guy.

“Everybody is responsible for their own life, I’m not critical with anyone. To be honest, in Wayne’s case, I have no idea, because he has never mentioned it to me.”

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Mourinho also hinted at Rooney staying at Old Trafford and continuing his career with the club he joined in 2004.

“Could anyone have been critical of Zlatan if, last summer, he decided to go to China or USA, one guy who has had an amazing career. It is the same with Wayne,” he added.

“He owns his career. It is him, his family and his decision but of course, yes, I see him with an important contribution for us.”

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“He is always close to the other players and he has a very good relationship with me and my staff. He is very humble, very respectful and I can only have good things to say about him.”

“He has more to give us. I repeat, you reach a certain level in his career when it is up to him.”

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