Wayne Rooney would not confirm that he is happy at Manchester United, despite having scored two goals against Bayer Leverkusen last night in a 4-2 win that take him to a career total of 200 for the club.
Rooney's manager David Moyes said he believed the striker will surpass Sir Bobby Charlton's Manchester United goalscoring record of 249, but the player himself was spiky in his post-match interview with ITV when asked about the move to Chelsea that he pursued during the summer.
Asked whether he was happy again at the club, Rooney replied: “Listen, I've concentrated on working hard to get my head down to get myself fit and ready for the season. I'm delighted with the way I've come back and delighted I'm back playing and scoring goals.”
When Gabriel Clarke, the ITV reporter, asked Rooney whether he asked to leave - as his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson alleged in May - the player responded: “Listen, I've just told you I'm concentrating on my football.”
He added: “The fans have been brilliant, they have been fantastic with me. It's great the reception I get here and hopefully I can replay them with performances and goals like tonight.”
Moyes cited the prospect of breaking Charlton's record as one of the factors that Rooney should consider when he was hopeful of leaving the club in the summer amid a series of bids from Chelsea. Tonight Moyes said that he expected that the player, who has two years on his existing deal, could yet break Charlton record that has stood since his retirement in 1973.
Moyes said:“It [scoring 200 goals] is great. I'm not a historian at Man United but I think there's only four people to do it. I remember saying he has got a real chance to be one of the all-time leading goalscorers at this club and if he keeps playing like he did tonight, he'll get there. He was very, very good.”
Asked whether he had spoken to Rooney about the goalscoring record, Moyes said: “I think it was something we made him aware of. I wanted to get him back in really good condition and mentally correct when he was ready to play. He is moving as well as he has done. He is in a good place himself at the moment. Any centre-forward who is scoring goals feels good about himself.
“I knew that if you are going to win the Champions League you need to have several world class players and Wayne certainly comes into that category. You can see what other teams have got and we have got to keep adding to that and keep the ones we have here.”
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