Rooney: Decision nearly done

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By Nick Lustig

Last Updated: 25/05/17 4:25pm

Wayne Rooney says he is close to making a decision on his future

Wayne Rooney says he is close to making a decision on his future

Wayne Rooney says he is close to making a decision on his future

Wayne Rooney says he has “more or less” decided his future, but insists he will take a few weeks to finalise his plans.

The Manchester United captain endured a frustrating 2016-17 campaign at Old Trafford, becoming a regular on the substitutes’ bench under Jose Mourinho.

Following United’s 2-0 Europa League final win over Ajax on Wednesday, Rooney opened the door to a summer move away after confirming he had received offers from other clubs in England and abroad.

When asked whether he would still be at United next season, the forward said: “Honestly, I’ve said before, I don’t know.

Rooney has been a regular on the substitutes' bench this season

Rooney has been a regular on the substitutes' bench this season

Rooney has been a regular on the substitutes’ bench this season

“I’ve got decisions to make now over the next few weeks, have a word with my family, and then I’ll decide. I think I just have to make a decision in terms of a football decision, and that’s what I’ll do.

“I’ll do that the next few weeks with my family while I’m away and, honestly, as soon as I know what’s going on then, I’m sure you [will know].”

Pushed on whether he had decided what to do, Rooney added: “More or less, yeah.”

Rooney has been linked with a return to former club Everton

Rooney has been linked with a return to former club Everton

Rooney has been linked with a return to former club Everton

Rooney, who was left out of the England squad on Thursday for the forthcoming matches against Scotland and France, is United’s all-time record scorer with 253 goals and has two years remaining on his contract at Old Trafford.

Mourinho insisted Rooney remained a “very important player” for United and would be happy for the 31-year-old to remain at the club beyond the summer.

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Rooney featured as a 90th-minute substitute as United clinched victory over Ajax in Stockholm.

“Wayne Rooney was ready to play, he was a big option,” Mourinho said after the game. “But I didn’t need to attack at 2-0.

Jose Mourinho says he would be happy for Rooney to remain at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho says he would be happy for Rooney to remain at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho says he would be happy for Rooney to remain at Old Trafford

“You have to control the game, you have to delay the changes, bring in players step by step.

“I told him yesterday that he could be the key man but he can perfectly be here next season.

“He is a very important player for us. If he stays next season I’d be very happy.”

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