Wayne Rooney loyal to Man U
Wayne Rooney, who is currently sidelined with an injury, said Friday that handing in his transfer request two years ago was the biggest mistake of his career, and that he would like to end his career with Manchester United.
The 26-year-old striker, was linked in 2010 with a move away from Old Trafford following Robin van Persie's arrival from Arsenal. Two days later, the move took a complete U-turn, with Rooney signing a new five-year deal.
During the promotion for his book on Sky Sports, Rooney expressed his regret at his decision to hand in the transfer request two years ago, describing the incident as the 'biggest mistake' of his career.
Once linked with a move to archrivals Manchester City back in 2010, Rooney faced a battle to regain the affections of the United faithful, but he told Sky Sports Friday he has no intention of leaving the Red Devils, and wants to see out his career there, following in the footsteps of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.
"Being at Manchester United for eight years, it is like a family club and you get to see all the history and how big the club has grown over the years and you feel part of that history," the England striker told Sky Sports. "I said when I signed my new contract, and I will say it again: I love playing for Manchester United and as long as I am contracted to play for this football club I will be here for a long time."
Rooney said United was one of the biggest clubs, "if not the biggest," in the world.
"Let's be honest, where else can you go from this football club? I want to be successful. I want to still be playing here in the next 10 years. You just look at Giggsy and Paul Scholes how successful they have been -- they are an example to us all. That's the plan and hopefully that will be the case."
Rooney, who is promoting his new book, "My Decade in the Premier League," hopes to return to action later this month after suffering a gash to his leg in a tackle against Fulham on Aug. 25.
He was ruled out of action for around a month and, although there were reports suggesting he could be out longer, he believes his recovery is on track.
Rooney told the Manchester Evening News: "The injury is going well. It could have been a lot worse than what it was. It is up to the doctor. When he declares me fit I will be ready.
"It feels good at the minute. The timescale put on it was four weeks. If that is the time they feel I need for the wound to heal properly then that is what I will do.
"What I don't want to happen is to come back too early when it is not quite healed and it opens up again first game. That would just set me back again another four weeks."
He added: "Overall, I think at the most I will miss four games."
A four-game lay-off might mean he is available for the Capital One Cup tie against Newcastle on Sept. 26, or perhaps the Barclays Premier League visit of Tottenham three days later.
Remarkably, Rooney says his gruesome-looking injury -- caused after being caught by Hugo Rodallega's boot -- was not painful at the time.
He said: "It didn't hurt me at all. I got up ready to play on. I was holding my leg up to the referee to say I needed a physio or doctor on.
"I just didn't want to go off on the stretcher.
"I said to the doctor I can walk off. But he told me it was too dangerous, so he told me to get on it!
"My lad was in the crowd and I didn't really want him seeing me carried off on a stretcher."