English media report that opening talks between Wayne Rooney’s representatives and Man United club officials over the extension of the striker’s contract, have taken place.
United sources have confirmed that some “soft” talks have opened about extending the striker’s current deal, which expires in 17 months.
It is understood Rooney will be offered a four-and-a-half year deal worth up to £300.000-a-week, which could also include extras such as him being made club captain as well as United manager, David Moyes, sharing his transfer plans with the striker.
Rooney wanted to know who would be signing for the club when Sir Alex Ferguson was manager, but was told by Moyes' predecessor this won’t be happen under his helm.
Ferguson wrote in his recent autobiography about Rooney’s desire to know more about the club’s transfer plans. “I told him it was his job to play,” writes Ferguson. “My job was to pick the correct teams.”
However, it seems as if Moyes is more open to the idea as part of negotiations in order to keep Rooney at Old Trafford.
United and their new manager are eager to seal a new deal with Rooney as soon as possible, before Jose Mourinho and the Blues continue to try and lure the England striker to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Moyes' first major deal for United was Juan Mata, whom he brought as record-signing from Chelsea to Old Trafford and many believed Wayne Rooney’s summer departure could have been part of the negotiations.
However, English reports also reveal negotiations between Chelsea and United were conducted in writing only so that Jose Mourinho’s troops couldn’t move the conversation towards a deal for Rooney.
Rooney has had a brilliant first half of the current campaign with nine goals and 11 assists in the Premier League so far, but has been missing due to injury in recent weeks.
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