Manchester United striker says he is happy at Old Trafford but has not talked about extending his contract yet.
The England striker told reporters that he was “settled” at Old Trafford and is enjoying playing under David Moyes. However, Rooney was reportedly unhappy with being asked by Sir Alex Ferguson to play out of position last season. Robin van Persie was the preferred striker and Rooney was asked to play in midfield. Although Rooney did a decent job and has played out of position on a number of occasions, the striker felt it was time he got a chance to play where he wanted.
“Everyone at the club knew where I wanted to play and I think that’s why I was disappointed,” he told reporters. “I got told to play in midfield and I didn’t want to. I just think there had to come a point when, for my own career, I had to be a bit selfish really.
“I actually felt when I played in midfield I did okay, but I didn’t want to play there. I’ve had no problem in the past playing out of position, but I felt I deserved the right to play in my position and that wasn’t happening.
He also went on to admit that his form wasn’t the best last season and part of it was due to the fact that he had to adapt to playing out of his favored striker’s position:
“I think, naturally, I was a bit disappointed and maybe that affected some of the games I played. I know myself that last year wasn’t my best season but there were times when I was playing in different positions.
“I didn’t feel I got a consistent run of games up front. Sometimes when you’re not playing in one position all the time it’s difficult to adapt.”
Rooney’s unhappiness was no secret over the summer, with Sir Alex revealing he had put in a transfer request as the legendary manager retired. Arsenal and Chelsea were thought to be the teams most interested in buying Rooney in the summer, with Jose Mourinho asking Rooney to “make his intentions known” towards the end of the transfer window. Manchester United however, categorically denied that Rooney was for sale and would not sell to anybody, especially their closest rivals in the Premier League. Rooney understood this and preferred to remain silent over the summer:
“I didn’t want to come out saying anything. I just wanted to concentrate on my football. That’s what I’ve done and that’s what I’ll continue to do. I’m not going to go around saying: ‘I wanted to stay’ or ‘I wanted to leave’. I’ll concentrate on my football and see what happens after that.”
And Rooney yet again has evaded questions of him extending his contract at United. He was asked if he was going to extend his contract in September after a Champions League match and Rooney diverted the question saying he was concentrating on his football. He said something similar when asked again on Wednesday:
“You can see I’m playing and I’m happy in my football. I’ll have more discussions with the club and we’ll see what happens from there.”
Rooney has started the season well, scoring five goals in eight games and is happy with the training methods employed by his new manager Moyes:
“It’s a bit different in terms of David Moyes and his staff coming in,” he continued. “The training is different, there’s a different style, a different way of thinking about how he wants us to play.
“Honestly, the training has been so hard. We’ve done a lot more running. Long running, quicker running, sharper running.
“I feel that’s really benefited me. I feel as fit as I ever have done. I had a couple of injuries pre-season but I feel great and in good shape. It’s a mixture of things, but I am happy and I am enjoying my football.”