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China move for Rooney quashed

Recent reports have suggested the England international has been told by boss Jose Mourinho he will need to leave Old Trafford if he wants to play regularly after being dropped to the bench for United's last four Premier League matches.

Talk of a move to China has reemerged as a result of the 31-year-old's lack of game time, with former England boss Eriksson supposedly keen on adding him to his Shanghai SIPG squad.

The Swede, who handed Rooney his international debut in 2003, insists he will not be looking to tempt the striker to move to the Far East come the end of the season, despite admitting he is still a big fan of the United man.

Eriksson told the Sun: "Everyone knows how much I admire Rooney. That's one thing. To make out we are going to sign him is something else.

"There is absolutely nothing in it. Zero. It is not something we have ever even spoken about at the club - and we have been discussing our options for next season a lot.

"I have always known Rooney as a forward - one of the best I have worked with. But we already have Hulk, Elkeson and Dario Conca, who are all very good, as our forwards.

"He is still a very good player with a lot of quality. I'm sure he could come to China in the future. He is the type of player the league will be after."

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