Wayne Rooney: I haven’t demanded to be captain or have input into transfers
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney rubbishes reports he has demanded to be captain or wants an input into transfers
Wayne Rooney has laughed off reports that he has demanded to be made captain in the summer and wants an input into potential Manchester United transfers.
The 28-year-old committed his future to seventh-placed United after signing a new five-and-a-half year deal with the defending champions on Friday.
It’s been a difficult time for the club and there has been a lot going on but the talks were positive from the start
With current captain Nemanja Vidic set to leave in the summer, Rooney was reported to have asked to be made skipper following the Serbian centre-half’s departure.
Furthermore, the England international was speculated to have discussed potential transfer targets with David Moyes before their club-record signing of Juan Mata.
However, Rooney rubbished the reports in the media, whilst also lifting the lid on the negotiations with the club.
“Well if you believe everything you read in the papers that’s because I have been demanding to be captain and want an input into the club’s transfer policy (laughs) which is totally laughable and of course untrue,” Rooney said on his website.
Rooney continued: “The talks have taken a while but that’s not unusual, it’s been a difficult time for the club and there has been a lot going on but the talks were positive from the start.
“There was great belief in me from David Moyes, Ed Woodward and the board, and also the Glazers, this made my decision a lot easier and I would like to thank them for that.”
Rooney added that his United team-mates played a part in his decision to commit his long-term future to United.
“My team-mates also played a big part in my decision, I’d like to thank them for their support and look forward to working with them.
“Most importantly the fans have always supported me since I joined the club, through the good times and the bad times. They continued this support whilst the talks have been going on and I can’t thank them enough.”