Wayne Rooney denies rift with Alex Ferguson

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Wayne Rooney hopes to be at Manchester United for many years to come and has rubbished questions over his commitment.

Reports had suggested the England striker would be on his way out of Old Trafford in the summer amid an ongoing fall-out with manager Sir Alex Ferguson, despite signing a new five-year contract in October.

That deal would keep him at Old Trafford until the age of 30 - but he claims he will not only see that out but remain there longer still.

"I saw (those reports), but I've never seen such rubbish in my life," he said. "My relationship with Sir Alex has no problems whatsoever.

"I'm enjoying my football here and if I was going to leave in the summer I wouldn't have signed a new contract when I did. I've signed it and I intend to see it through to the end.

"You get angry when people question you. On Sunday I was on the way home from training. I stopped off at the garage to get petrol and a few people asked me if I was leaving in the summer.

"I didn't know where it had come from. I said 'Where did you hear that?' and he said it was in the newspapers. But I'll be here until I'm well into my 30s.

"I signed a new contract to stay here and unless I'm ever not wanted then I'll be staying here, that's for sure."

October's new deal represented a dramatic u-turn after Rooney initially stated he wanted to leave the club, claiming they could not match his ambition.

But he said: "I admit I made a mistake, like I've said lots of times, by saying I wanted to leave but I've committed my future to United and I'm happy and my family are happy so there's no reason for me to want to move elsewhere.

"I want to try and win more trophies and bring more success to this club."

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