Jose Mourinho will not stand in Wayne Rooney’s way if the Manchester United captain decides to move to China.
Rooney became United’s record scorer on Saturday when his 250th club goal earned a 1-1 draw at Stoke in the Premier League and saw him surpass Sir Bobby Charlton’s mark.
The 31-year-old came off the bench to help his side rescue a point, meaning half of his 16 league appearances this season have come as a substitute.
Several high-profile players have moved from Europe to play in the Chinese Super League, with Rooney being linked with a switch when his United career comes to an end.
United boss Mourinho feels Rooney remains an important player for the club, but believes his skipper has earned the right to decide where he wants to play in the future.
“I think he still has more to give us, but you reach a certain level in his career when it is up to him,” Mourinho said.
“Could anyone be critical with Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] last summer if he decided to go to China or the U.S.? Could anyone be critical with one guy with such an amazing career? No, and I think with Wayne it is the same. He owns his life, he owns his career. It’s him, his family and his decision.”