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Rooney waiting on Man Utd contract offer

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By Andrew Tuft

Friday 19 April 2013

Wayne Rooney is eager to begin contract talks with Manchester United, the Daily Mirror has reported, with the England international keen for the club to show how much they want to keep him at Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney

Rooney has been linked with a move to big-spending Paris Saint-Germain, speculation that has been denied by the former Everton striker’s camp, who insist Rooney wants to end his career at United.

The 27-year-old is about to enter the final two years of his current contract and is keen to extend it, having signed the existing deal in October 2010. The newspaper claims the terms of his contract call for a £220,000 per week pay packet.

But Rooney’s future has been shrouded in uncertainty in recent weeks and months, beginning when he was dropped for the Champions League quarter-finals second-leg tie against Real Madrid at Old Trafford. The Mirror adds that the feeling Rooney has become dispensable under Sir Alex Ferguson only increased against West Ham on Wednesday evening when, with United in search of an equalising goal, Rooney was substituted.

Ferguson has said the club will begin speaking with Rooney over a contract in the near future, with the Scot not feeling the need to rush, but Rooney is said to be agitating for talks to begin sooner rather than later.

It has been speculated that United want to sign Radamel Falcao, the prolific Atletico Madrid striker, this summer, and would make way for Falcao by selling Rooney. Falcao was watched last weekend by United’s Jim Lawlor, who saw the Colombian score twice in a 5-0 win over Granada.

Rooney has been at United since the summer of 2004 when he left Everton, having made his Toffees debut only two years earlier, starting the opening game of the 2002/03 season against Tottenham Hotspur and scoring his first league goal in memorable fashion against Arsenal in August.

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