Man Utd start talks over new contract with Wayne Rooney
Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has begun talks over a new contract ending speculation about a potential move this summer. The contract talks are in their preliminary stage, but club insiders suggest that the negotiations are quite serious and heading towards another long term deal.
Both sides have officially announced that no deal has been inked yet. Rooney’s future at Manchester United has been in the mist for the past couple of months. The departure of long time serving manager Sir Alex Ferguson sparked the issue for the third time in Rooney’s Manchester United career.
Ferguson’s successor David Moyes managed to convince Rooney to stay at Old Trafford, but the club’s poor form has reportedly made Rooney think about continuing his career at Manchester United.
The likes of Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have been after Rooney for over a year now. In fact Chelsea attempted to lure Rooney to Stamford Bridge last summer and Real Madrid were closely waiting for swoop as well.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is an avid fan of the England international and has attempted to sign in Rooney during his first spell at Chelsea and when he was at Real Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti, the new boss of Real Madrid, is also interested in acquiring Rooney’s services. In case the Italian tactician didn’t sign in Gareth Bale this summer, Rooney would have most certainly been on top of his transfer list.
Rooney currently has 18 months left on his contract with Manchester United, which means if a new deal doesn’t strike between the player and the club and exit strategy will be formulated. Manchester United will most likely try to sell the striker for as much as they can rather than lose him for pennies or for free next year.
So far Manchester United have snubbed two bids on Rooney from Chelsea, both from Mourinho. Real Madrid are reportedly planning a 30 million pound swoop, but Manchester United are expected to turn down that as well.
Convincing Rooney to put pen on paper is key to a contract for Chelsea and Real Madrid. In fact, the same goes for Manchester United as well. Rooney currently enjoys a weekly wage of around £300,000. Bringing a better offer to the 28-year-old striker would certainly in convincing process.