MANCHESTER, England (AP):Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is going nowhere, for the time being at least.In a statement addressing his future amid interest from Chinese Super League clubs, Rooney said yesterday he wanted to help United in its fight for trophies this season.”It’s an exciting time at the club,” the striker said, “and I want to remain a part of it.”Rooney, who recently took over from Bobby Charlton as United’s record scorer, is no longer a regular in the first team in his 13th year at the English Premier League club. He has scored just twice in the league.Rooney has 18 months left on his contract.”Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful,” the 31-year-old Rooney said, “I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Manchester United.”United face Southampton in the English League Cup final on Sunday, have advanced to the last 16 of the Europa League, quarterfinals of the FA Cup, and are in sixth place in the Premier League.United manager Jose Mourinho said on Tuesday that he was not looking to force Rooney out of the club, saying the striker was a “legend” at Old Trafford.Rooney has also been linked with a move to Major League Soccer in the United States, while Everton manager Ronald Koeman has previously said he would be interested in bringing the England captain back to Goodison Park, where Rooney started his professional career.
1 Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana admits he regrets the manner of his exit from Southampton, but maintains he never refused to play for the club in a bid to secure his move to Merseyside.The former Saints skipper, 26, spent 12 years with Saints, but was subject to three separate bids before finally moving to Anfield.Lallana returns to St Mary’s this weekend for the first time since his £23m switch, but insists speculation that he refused to play to push through a move is false, and hopes he is remembered on the south-coast for his time on the field and not departure.But what do Saints fans think of Lallana’s exit? See some of their reaction below…Saints fans, what do you think of the way Adam Lallana left the club and should he be booed when he returns to St Mary’s this weekend? Comment below… Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana admits he regrets the manner of his exit from Southampton, but maintains he never refused to play for the club in a bid to secure his exit to Merseyside.