Manchester United’s superstar striker Wayne Rooney is on verge of extending his contract.
According to a report in English newspaper The Sun this morning, Wayne Rooney will see out the rest of his playing career at Manchester United after agreeing to sign a deal described by the paper as the “richest deal in Premier league history.” However, negotiations over some minor clauses of Wayne Rooney’s contract are still on-going as Manchester United look to secure the striker’s long-term future.Another English newspaper Press Association Sport has reported that talks, which have been taking place for some time now, are still continuing.
Looking at this deal positively, one of United’s top performers this season has pledged to effectively see out his playing days at Old Trafford. Looking at it realistically, an already vastly overpaid, inconsistent performer has been handed a massive pay hike, despite multiple shows of flagrant disloyalty in the past.
Rooney has been linked with an exit ever since the end of last season, when former manager Sir Alex Ferguson said he had made a transfer request, and Chelsea were reported to be interested in the 28-year-old. United’s dip in form – they are seventh in the table, 11 points off the top four – appeared to be another cause for concern regarding Rooney’s future but the opening of talks several weeks ago appear to allayed fears of him leaving.
Team-mate Patrice Evra could also be set for an extended stay as Press Association Sport understands there is a possibility the Frenchman, who was expected to be part of a summer clear-out when his contract expires, could get a new deal having started all-but-one of their Premier League games this campaign.
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The 32-year-old has been linked with a return to France and manager David Moyes did have an interest in Everton’s Leighton Baines only for the England defender to sign a new contract recently.
With captain Nemanja Vidic leaving United in the summer alongside the potential exit of Rio Ferdinand, Rooney’s commitment to the club would give Moyes a major boost ahead of the manager’s bid to rebuild the squad in the close season.
Juan Mata’s arrival in the January transfer window for a club record £37.1 million (€45m) was the first step in this. And despite United currently standing in seventh position, with Champions League qualification for next season in the balance, Rooney is enthused about how the Spaniard can help transform the club’s fortunes.
“It’s exciting. Juan has come in and it’s another world-class player to have in the squad. It’ll take time – it can always take a little bit of time for every player to gel and to bond but we really hope we can all start scoring goals and help the team be successful,” he said, before insisting that with United can still have a successful season. “We’ve got a lot of massive games in the Champions League and the league. We’re all looking forward to them.”
United are currently in Dubai on a warm weather break. On returning they visit Crystal Palace in Saturday, before travelling to Olympiacos for the Champions League last 16 opening leg.
Rooney said: “We have a bit of a break before our next game now and hopefully we can prepare well and kick on for the big matches coming up.”
“It’s nice to spend time together,” added the striker. “When you’re at home you go to training then you go home and see your families, but with trips like this you’re training then spending time with the lads.”