first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s English striker Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring the opening goal against Feyenoord at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north-west England, on November 24, 2016MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jan 24 – Wayne Rooney said he is committed to Manchester United after his record-breaking 250th goal, as reports linking him with a move to China continue to swirl.The 31-year-old eclipsed Sir Bobby Charlton’s goal-scoring record for the club with a free-kick to equalise in injury time to secure a 1-1 draw against Stoke City on Saturday. However, after losing a regular starting spot with United, speculation has grown that he might sign up to play in the Chinese Super League.Rooney, though, has said that while he would like more game time, he is committed to the United.“Of course, I’m committed to the club,” Rooney said on Sunday. “I’ve been at the club a long time and you know football is a strange game and anything can happen, things change very quickly, but I’m happy at Manchester United.“Of course, as I’ve said before, I want to play more games, but I’m in a happy place at the moment.”With his Old Trafford contract set to expire in June next year, manager Jose Mourinho has started Rooney in just 17 of their 34 games across all competitions.His five goals have brought him to 250, with the record a delight to the England international.“[It means] a hell of a lot,” Rooney said. “It’s difficult at the moment to be over-pleased because of the result — two points dropped — but in the grand scheme of things it’s a huge honor for me. It’s something I never expected when I joined the club, but I’m really proud and hopefully there’s a lot more to come.”The tributes flowed following the game, led by the man he overtook.“He’s a true great for club and country,” Charlton said. “It’s fitting he is now the highest goalscorer for both United and England.”Pele tweeted: “Congratulations @waynerooney for being a tremendous talent and a great representative of your club and country.”Mourinho also had praise, but had one eye on results.“It’s been going on too long. I think it’s an amazing achievement, something not to forget, and I think you should speak about Wayne’s record today and tomorrow for 24 hours a day and then let him be a normal guy.“Obviously he is a legend in the history of our club and English football, but the record is in his pocket and now we just want to let him be a normal player and try to score more goals.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger is constantly looking to upgrade his forward line, at his defence’s expense, and now wants to add Rolando Aarons to his young English legion.Manchester City and Liverpool are also keen on the flying winger but it appears the Gunners are the keenest on the 19-year-old England youth international who has looked scintillating in his cameo appearances this season.But what do the experts think about Aarons’ potential? talkSPORT finds out…“He’s like a flying left winger with good ability – really good ability.“He’s good running on the ball, which is what you need on a pitch like that, and he’s one that we’ve got high hopes for in the first team. He’s probably the main one. We expect him to do good things.”Newcastle and England hero Peter Beardsley, who is currently the Magpies’ reserve team manager“I think he had some troubles at Bristol City, but I really like him as a person. He has got his feet on the ground, he has got tremendous potential and this could be a breakthrough season for him.”Toon boss Alan Pardew on Aarons’ potential“He is very well thought of at Newcastle, particularly for his attitude.“I used to call him Big Time Charlie because he wasn’t like that at all – he has his feet on the ground.“Some of the lads have stayed in touch with him – he’s a grounded individual.“We knew he was good enough to play in the Premier League – we could see that in him.Aarons’ former PE teacher Dave McGibbon“What I have seen of him I have really liked. He’s still very young and he’s done well in the games he’s played in.“He will have a lot of improving to do but the fact that he’s forced his way into the Newcastle side at such a young age shows he’s a good player.“He will need guidance from the people at Newcastle and hopefully if he does keep listening and learning he goes on to be a really great player.”Ex-Magpies winger Keith Gillespie gives his thoughts on the 19-year-old“I’m not Raheem Sterling – and Raheem Sterling is not me.“Raheem Sterling has played really well for the last two or three seasons and I’ m nowhere near that level yet. I don’t want people to compare us, although he’s obviously a player that I admire.”Aarons on comparisons between him and Liverpool and England sensation Raheem Sterling 1 Rolando Aarons last_img read more

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