Wayne Rooney has revealed he wants to finish his career as a player at Manchester United after announcing he will retire from international football in 2018.
The Englishman’s contract at Old Trafford expires in 2019, but has told the club’s hierarchy he wishes to retire at Old Trafford.
He sits just four goals behind Sir Bobby Charlton’s scoring record for Man United and has played on the side for over 12 years.
Speaking about his plans, Rooney insisted there is a possibility of moving into a management role or coaching after finishing his playing days.
“I will have a year left at United then (in 2018, when he intends to retire from international football),” he said.
“I’ve said to United I want to stay there, finish my career there, so it’s a case of sitting down with United when the time’s right.
“I’ve still got three years left. When I speak to them I’ll have a better idea.
“I’ve spent my whole life playing football and I think it would be a shame to walk away from it completely.
“I feel I’ve got a lot of experience behind me and when I do finish playing I would like to stay in the game at some level.
“I’m doing my badges — it’s a long time. But I’m doing it and I’m enjoying it.”
He won’t be looking to hang up his boots any time soon, but retiring from international football will allow him to focus on United and performing at the highest level.
Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs retired from international football years before they stopped playing football and provided stunning contributions to the squad during that time.
Rooney has already begun obtaining his badges, and following his long career, he won’t be shy of offers with his extensive football knowledge.