BREAKING NEWS: Rooney rejects Chinese fortune to stay at United

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Wayne Rooney has pledged his future to Manchester United after widespread speculation he was set for a move to the riches of the Chinese Super League.

The club captain has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford after falling down the pecking order under manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho himself said this week that he could not guarantee that Rooney would be a United player by the time the Chinese transfer window closes at the end of February, despite insisting last year that he would never sell the club's record goalscorer.

But Rooney has now stated that - despite having received approaches from elsewhere - he has no desire to leave at this stage of the season, with United battling for four trophies.

"Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I'm grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Manchester United," he said in a statement published by the club's official website.

"I hope I will play a full part in helping the team in its fight for success on four fronts.

"It's an exciting time at the club and I want to remain a part of it."