Wayne Rooney wants to stay at Manchester United, and United wants Rooney to stay put.
Contract negotiations between Rooney and United are underway. Rooney’s current deal expires after next season, but he could soon sign an extension that would keep him at Old Trafford for years to come.
Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, and United CEO Ed Woodward met at United’s practice facility on both Wednesday and Thursday, according to the Mail.
“The forward’s agent Paul Stretford was at United’s Carrington training base on Wednesday before returning on Thursday morning to hold further discussions, with Rooney’s Old Trafford future topping the agenda,” the report says.
United will reportedly offer Rooney a four-year deal worth £50 million ($81.5 million). The Premier League club hopes such terms will convince Rooney to spurn the interest of Chelsea and Real Madrid and continue to pursue glory with United.
The Mirror expects United to make a formal offer to Rooney after it completes Juan Mata‘s, £37 million ($60.8 million) transfer from Chelsea, which should happen before the weekend.
“Wayne Rooney wants to stay at Manchester United — and the club are ready to open talks with him once they have tied up the signature of Juan Mata,” the report says. “United boss David Moyes has also told his moneymen to start discussions with Rooney — to keep the England striker out of the Stamford Bridge club’s grasp in the summer.
“Champions United plan to sit down and thrash out a new deal with their best player as soon as possible.”
While United has famously struggled this season, Rooney’s performances have improved over last season’s. The 28-year-old has scored nine goals in 17 league games, and he has had a clearly positive effect on United’s results in 2013-14.
By adding Mata and securing Rooney’s future, United might have boosted its chances of finishing in the top four and salvaging a difficult season.