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Rio Ferdinand: Rooney should stay at Old Trafford

Ferdinand has told Rooney to stay at Old Trafford (©GettyImages)
Ferdinand has told Rooney to stay at Old Trafford (©GettyImages).

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has warned striker Wayne Rooney about leaving Old Trafford this summer and the centre-back believes his teammate should end his career at the champions.

Rooney's future has been uncertain after Sir Alex Ferguson said that the striker had asked for a transfer away from the club, but since then, new manager David Moyes has reiterated his desire to keep the striker at the club.

Premier League duo Arsenal and Chelsea are both interested in the English striker with Spanish champions Barcelona also contemplating a move for the 27-year-old.

All three clubs are said to be plotting offers for the United striker, but it is believed that the club will reject any formal offers as they are adamant to keep Rooney.

United centre-back Ferdinand has been speaking about the transfer saga and he believes the striker should stay at the club and believes it would be a mistake for him to leave.

Ferdinand linked the possible move away from Old Trafford to Cristiano Ronalo's departure and the United defender revealed that Ronaldo would have won more if he stayed at United.

"I think when someone is at your club who has been there for the length of time he (Rooney) has been there, he's more than clued up to understand the dynamics of the club," said Ferdinand.

"He's mature enough now and old enough to make his own mind up. I'm sure in time he'll have his say.

"I don't see where you go better from here. For instance, Cristiano has been ridiculous as a football player individually but has he won more trophies since leaving than what we've won? That's the way I look at it.

"I wouldn't say that he shouldn't have gone there; it was his dream to go there, so you have to respect that. But I just look at things in a plain, black and white way - I want to win trophies so why would I leave here?

"I've had loads of offers over the years to go to other football clubs and there's been loads of speculation in the papers every other year, but I've never really wanted to go anywhere.

"I came to Man United for one simple reason and that was to win trophies, so I could retire and say how many trophies I've won and look back and say I've made a success of my career.

"That's all you do and I'm sure most young players, or players in their prime, when they're asked to come to Manchester United, that should be the question they ask themselves: 'Have I got a chance to win?' Do you want to be part of that history of the club? Normally the answer is yes."

 

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Rio Ferdinand
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