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Wayne Rooney wants more Champions League glory

Updated: Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 15:20 | Comments

Wayne Rooney is seeking to add to his European medal collection
Wayne Rooney is seeking to add to his European medal collection

Wayne Rooney says he does not want to end his career with just one Champions League winner's medal to his name.

Rooney has enjoyed a glittering career with Manchester United, winning five Premier Leagues and one Champions League following that dramatic rain-soaked victory over Chelsea in Moscow.

But that was six years ago, and the hurt from the two subsequent defeats to Barcelona in the final still lingers for the England international.

Given that he turns 29 in October, Rooney knows time is running out for him to win more trophies.

But he would not have signed a new five-and-a-half year contract last week had he thought there was not promise within the United squad and there is certainly no hint that the player's hunger for success is on the wane.

"One (Champions League) is never enough, especially at this club," the United striker said ahead of Tuesday's second round first leg match with Olympiacos.

"We need to keep trying to get into finals.

"The feeling you get when you win a trophy is incredible so you don't want to stop at one.

"If we can go to final it'd be great for us. It would be an opportunity to win another trophy, so hopefully we can do that.

"I grew up all my life wanting to win trophies. That's the main aim. That's what you'll be judged on when you finish your career."

"The feeling you get when you win a trophy is incredible so you don't want to stop at one."

Although United are 25-1 shots to lift the trophy in Lisbon on 24 May, they will be big favourites to progress to the quarter-finals.

Olympiacos are unbeaten at the top of the Greek Super League this season, but they have lost all four previous meetings with United.

Top scorer Javier Saviola is also out through injury, but manager David Moyes is aware of Olympiacos' domestic home record - they have lost twice at the Karaiskakis Stadium in the last four years - and he laughed off claims that Tuesday night's first leg will be a walk in the park for his squad.

"It will be far from easy," the United boss said.

"Olympiacos came through a difficult group with Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain (and Anderlecht).

"They have a great home record so it will be a difficult night."

Moyes confirmed that injured defenders Phil Jones and Jonny Evans have not travelled with the squad.

Midfielder Nani is also unavailable because of a hamstring injury, but Rafael and Danny Welbeck are back following their respective head and knee problems.

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