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Rio tells Rooney not to follow Ronaldo out of Utd

ESPN staff
July 9, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

Rio Ferdinand believes Wayne Rooney should remain at Manchester United, pointing to the number of trophies Cristiano Ronaldo has won since joining Real Madrid as a motivation to stay put.

Rooney has been heavily linked with the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Barcelona and Bayern Munich recently, but new United manager David Moyes insists the striker is not for sale.

Ferdinand concurs with Moyes' stance, claiming that while Ronaldo has excelled personally away from Old Trafford, the desire to win silverware remains a footballer's top priority.

"I think when someone is at your club who has been there for the length of time he [Rooney] has been there, he's more than clued up to understand the dynamics of the club," said Ferdinand.

"He's mature enough now and old enough to make his own mind up. I'm sure in time he'll have his say.

"I don't see where you go better from here. For instance, Cristiano has been ridiculous as a football player individually but has he won more trophies since leaving than what we've won? That's the way I look at it.

"I wouldn't say that he shouldn't have gone there; it was his dream to go there, so you have to respect that. But I just look at things in a plain, black and white way - I want to win trophies so why would I leave here?"

Ferdinand, meanwhile, says he is delighted to play out his career with United as he embarks on his 12th season with the club.

"I've had loads of offers over the years to go to other football clubs and there's been loads of speculation in the papers every other year, but I've never really wanted to go anywhere," he said.

"I came to Man United for one simple reason and that was to win trophies, so I could retire and say how many trophies I've won and look back and say I've made a success of my career.

"That's all you do and I'm sure most young players, or players in their prime, when they're asked to come to Manchester United, that should be the question they ask themselves: 'Have I got a chance to win?' Do you want to be part of that history of the club? Normally the answer is yes."

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