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.
Super League FMLLP CEO denies rumour of MSL expansion to 16 teams Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 06:40 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Football Malaysia LLP Super League The rumour had surfaced alongside the plan to introduce ASEAN import player slot, which has been confirmed. BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter The CEO of M-League organiser Football Malaysia LLP (FMLLP), Kevin Ramalingam has denied rumours that the Super League will be expanded to 16 teams beginning 2018.Late August, Indonesian publication KOMPAS quoted former Indonesia and Selangor star Elie Aiboy as saying that the Super League will be expanded from 12 to 16 teams and will feature an additional foreign player slot for South East Asian footballers.According to Elie, the plan would involve the promotion of four teams from the Premier League; the second tier of the M-League, as opposed to the usual two, while no teams will be relegated from the Super League at the conclusion of the 2017 season. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing However, when contacted by Goal, Kevin denied that such a plan is being considered.”There’s been no such decision to expand the league to have more teams for now,” he responded in a brief text message on Wednesday morning.Interestingly, the additional foreign player plan mentioned by Elie would later be confirmed by the Malaysian FA president and FMLLP chairman Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim himself, early this month.
Serie A ‘Icardi is not available’ – Inter without top scorer for Crotone clash, Spalletti confirms Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 01:41 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Serie A Internazionale Internazionale v Crotone Crotone The capital club are set to be without their top scorer against Crotone on Saturday due to a muscle issue Mauro Icardi will miss Inter’s match at home to Crotone on Saturday through injury but new recruit Rafinha can expect to at least “play a part”, according to coach Luciano Spalletti.Icardi has been a standout performer in Serie A this season and looks well on track to beat his personal best of 24 league goals in a single campaign, having already got 18 in 22 games.But the Argentinian will have to sit out the visit of struggling Crotone to San Siro due to a muscle issue. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Bayern Munich loanee Rafinha faces no such problems, however, and the Brazilian will feature in some capacity, having made his debut against SPAL with a one-minute cameo off the bench.”Icardi is not available,” Spalletti told reporters at his pre-match news conference. “He would like to play, even from home, but this is not possible. He has a muscle problem and we thought it was best not to risk him.”[Belgian youngster Xian] Emmers will be called up. As for what this will change, we will be missing a Capocannoniere, but Eder will take his place,” he added, referring to Icardi’s status as a challenger for the title of Serie A’s top scorer this season. “He [Eder] can create spaces and link up well with the midfield. Tomorrow [Saturday] there will be times when we won’t know who’ll be in the box to finish. There will probably be about two or three players who we wouldn’t expect.”We must demonstrate the many qualities that we have here and look at those which have permitted us to be coaches and players at Inter. | #Spalletti: “Usually we have @MauroIcardi up front, but tomorrow there will be times when we won’t know who’ll be in the box to finish. There will probably be about two or three players who we wouldn’t expect.” #InterCrotone pic.twitter.com/a0oAXXJFxY— Inter (@Inter_en) February 2, 2018″We must move past this current spell and get back to our best. Rafinha will definitely play a part in the match. Rafinha is a top quality player.”