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Rooney enjoying life at United, says Ferdinand

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Wayne Rooney is "happy" and "enjoying his football" at Manchester United, claims team-mate Rio Ferdinand.

Rooney was linked with a move away from the Premier League champions during the summer, with Chelsea keen to secure the services of the England striker. However, after what seemed like his time was up at Old Trafford, manager David Moyes refused to let him leave the club.

Rooney could be set for a new long-term deal at United after being one of the side's standout players throughout the campaign, and Ferdinand has praised the way his fellow countryman has bounced back following a rollercoaster summer.

"I just think with Wazza, if he's playing continually, week-in and week-out, with no blips of injuries then you get a fit, striving, thriving Rooney," Ferdinand is quoted as saying in the Mirror.

"That's been the case this season. As long as he's fit in terms of playing week-in, week-out, then you have a real talent.

"He's been our best player this season. He's scoring goals, he's making goals and he has the bit between his teeth at the minute.

"He seems like the old Wayne Rooney. He's happy and he's enjoying his football. On a Saturday you can't hide it on a football pitch. It shows in your demeanour and the way you carry yourself. You can see his tail is up and he's enjoying it."

Ferdinand was also coy on whether this season could be his last with United. "I don't know [if this is my last campaign]. I've got to get through this season first. I hope I finish this one," he said. "The manager just didn't play me [against Arsenal]," said Ferdinand. "I played midweek and then not at the weekend.

"It's frustrating but my age doesn't lie. I have to come to terms with the fact that I can't play every game. It's hard to do, because you want to play every game every week. It's hard to take that on board, but you've got to be professional. At a club like United, when you get to 35, you have to share responsibilities."

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