Van Nistelrooy set for new United deal


Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy says he is close to signing a new contract with the premier league champions.

"I do not expect any problems and probably the negotiations are going to be finished very soon," the 27-year-old Dutch international told MUTV today.

"I want to stay here for a long time, that is why I am so happy that everything is going so well."

Van Nistelrooy has scored 97 goals in 125 appearances for the Old Trafford club since arriving in 2001 from PSV Eindhoven.

"It is fantastic to be part of a club with such big names and huge tradition," he said. "I just want to carry on doing my best."

United manager Alex Ferguson is reportedly trying to buy a new striker to provide cover for Van Nistelrooy, whose fitness is crucial to the team's chances of winning the Champions League and their ninth premier league title in 12 seasons.