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Wayne Rooney dismisses talk of leaving Man Utd

Wayne Rooney
Rooney says he is finally over his ankle injury problems

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has said reports of him leaving Old Trafford in the summer are "rubbish".

The 25-year-old signed a new five-year-contract in October and said he wanted to stay at the club into his 30s.

"I saw [those reports], but I've never seen such rubbish in my life," he said. "My relationship with Sir Alex has no problems whatsoever.

"I'm enjoying my football here and if I was going to leave in the summer I wouldn't have signed a new contract."

Rooney looked back to his best in United's 2-1 Champions League win over Marseille on Tuesday, setting up Javier Hernandez for the first goal.

And although he has suffered from an ankle injury, which he says is now behind him, the England forward said he was upset that his commitment had been queried.

"You get angry when people question you," he said. "On Sunday, I was on the way home from training. I stopped off at the garage to get petrol and a few people asked me if I was leaving in the summer.

"I didn't know where it had come from. I said 'Where did you hear that?' and he said it was in the newspapers. But I'll be here until I'm well into my 30s.

"I signed a new contract to stay here and unless I'm ever not wanted then I'll be staying here, that's for sure."

The deal that Rooney signed in the autumn represented a dramatic U-turn after the former Everton player initially stated he wanted to leave the club, claiming they could not match his ambition.

But he said: "I admit I made a mistake, like I've said lots of times, by saying I wanted to leave. But I've committed my future to United and I'm happy and my family are happy so there's no reason for me to want to move elsewhere.

"I want to try and win more trophies and bring more success to this club."

Rooney scored 34 goals for Manchester United last season but suffered an ankle injury in the first leg of his side's Champions League quarter-final defeat by Bayern Munich.

After a poor World Cup for England in South Africa last summer, Rooney has found the net only nine times this season - although there have been occasional glimpses of class, such as his superb overhead kick in last month's Manchester derby.

But in the last two games against Arsenal in the FA Cup on Saturday and Tuesday's win over Marseille, there have been signs that he could rekindle the form which made his last year's PFA player of the year and Rooney said that was down to his improved physical state.

"I feel sharp and fit again," said Rooney. "When I first got back playing for about two months I was still very aware of my ankle. It still felt weak so it had been on my mind.

"But now I am going in for tackles and am twisting and turning. It is fully mended and 100% now. I am happy that is off my mind now."

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