Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney insists that his long-term future lies at Old Trafford, having recently put pen to paper on a new five-year contract after threatening to leave the club.
The 25-year-old England striker has had to live with suggestions that he only signed on to ensure that United would get a good price for him when he quits the Red Devils, but Rooney says that that is not the case.
He told the club’s official website: “I read that I’ve agreed a new deal so that the club can agree a higher price with a different team somewhere down the line, which was a load of rubbish.
“I signed a new deal to stay here for the long-term future with United. I always made it clear I wanted to be at this club.”
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The agent of Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has dismissed reports linking his client with a move to Italy to join Juventus.
The 30-year-old Bulgaria international started the new season in fine form, but has suffered a dip since a superb hat-trick against Liverpool in mid-September.
However, agent Emil Dantchev confirmed: “There’s nothing to say. He will stay in Manchester.”
Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has been assured that he does not need to sell any players in the January transfer window.
In-form Swedish striker Johan Elmander and England defender Gary Cahill continue to be linked with moves away from the Reebok Stadium, but Coyle is adamant that he will not lose any key members of his squad.
Juventus’ Italy international central defender Giorgio Chiellini has signed a new contract to keep him at the Serie A giants until the summer of 2015.
The 26-year-old has been linked with interest from several English clubs in recent times, but Chiellini says that he is more than happy to remain in Turin.
He told the club’s official website: “I am very pleased with this agreement, which binds me to Juventus for the next few years.”
US Open champion and Ryder Cup hero Graeme McDowell hopes to end a dream season by pipping Martin Kaymer to become Europe’s number one golfer.
The duo are battling it out for the Race To Dubai title, with the season-ending Dubai World Championship the final port of call for Northern Ireland ace McDowell and his German rival.
McDowell told Reuters: “I guess after the Ryder Cup I could have probably put my feet up and taken 80 in every round for the rest of the year and still looked back and said ‘dream season’.
“I didn’t want to do that because I wanted to try and finish strong. You don’t get many chances to win an order of merit, or Race to Dubai as it is nowadays.”