Wayne Rooney is keen to extend his stay at Manchester United beyond this summer. Rooney, 31, has been phased out of the United first-team by Jose Mourinho this season having started just 22 games in all competitions this season.

The club's all-time leading goal scorer found himself heavily linked with a move to the Chinese Super League in February, but released a statement underlining his intention to remain at Old Trafford and continue with the club's fight for silverware this season.

His long-term future would appear to remain uncertain for now but speaking ahead of the Europa League semi-final second leg clash against Celta Vigo on Thursday [11 May], the club captain expressed his desire to remain at the club.

"My focus is on getting into this final. It's a massive opportunity for us to win the European final," Rooney said, ESPN report.

"Would I like to stay? I've been at this club 13 years, of course I want to stay."

While Rooney has started three of United's last four Premier League games with Zlatan Ibrahimovic out for the rest of the season, he was an unused sub in perhaps United's biggest game of the season to date; the first leg of their Europa League tie against Celta.

Rooney insists however he understands the team is changing around him and says he will continue to wait for his chances as they come.

"I haven't thrown my toys out of the pram but I do want to play to help the team," he added. "Football changes. You have different challenges in your career. I would like to play more but I've tried to help the team on and off pitch.

"Of course you want to play every game. I've had to try to take my chance when called upon. I try to do my best for the team."

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Rooney hopes to have United future beyond this season. Getty Images