Breaking: Wayne Rooney to stay at Manchester United for rest of this season

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Wayne Rooney has announced that he will snub a move to China this month and remain at Manchester United until the end of the season.

The former Everton forward has been strongly linked with a lucrative switch to the Far East before the Chinese transfer window closes on Tuesday (February 28).

But this afternoon it emerged that the 31-year-old will remain at Old Trafford until the end of the current campaign.

He said: “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 Man United.

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“I hope I’ll 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”

Toffees boss Ronald Koeman was asked about his interest in Rooney during this afternoon’s press conference to preview the Sunderland game.

He insisted he wanted to talk only about football, but has in the past admitted he would be interested in the prospect of bringing Rooney back to Goodison.