Wayne Rooney expected to sign new Man United deal

England forward set to earn in the region of €365,000-a-week if he stays at Old Trafford

 Wayne Rooney of Manchester United on the road to a bumper deal at Old Trafford. Photograph:  Michael Regan/Getty Images

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United on the road to a bumper deal at Old Trafford. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

 

Manchester United are continuing discussions with Wayne Rooney over a new contract, with the club and striker confident an agreement will be reached that would make him the Premier League’s highest earner.

Despite Sunday newspaper reports that Rooney has signed fresh terms, the striker has not yet done so. It would, though, be a major surprise if he was to fail to commit his long-term future to the club in a deal that could be worth at least £300,000-a-week (€365,700).

Manchester United manager David Moyes has made tying Rooney to a new deal a priority. Chelsea remain an admirer of the 28-year-old, who came close to moving to the west London club last summer.

Rooney appeared to be leaving United after his stock fell last season under Alex Ferguson. Yet since Moyes took over he has again made Rooney the side’s pivotal player and has kept him informed of the club’s general transfer policy in recognition of his restored status.

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 added: “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.”

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