Man Utd to offer Rooney new contract

Wayne Rooney will be offered a new contract by Manchester United, the Daily Mail has reported, providing the England international maintains the level of commitment to the club shown in the past few days.

Rooney had been a summer-long transfer target for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea having grown unsettled at his current club. But after Rooney started the meeting between the sides on Monday evening, entering an impressive, hard-working performance, Mourinho said Rooney had to make up his mind on leaving Old Trafford for Stamford Bridge.

It was reported on Tuesday that Rooney would not hand in a transfer request at United, signalling his intention to stay at the club at which he has played for since 2004. And United’s chief executive, Edward Woodward, will open contract talks with Rooney – as well as Nemanja Vidic and Luis Nani – once the transfer window comes to a close.

Rooney’s contract offer is likely to see a reduction in his £250,000 per week wage in favour of a performance-based deal. The former Everton forward’s current contract expires in the summer of 2015, while the contracts of Vidic and Nani will be up at the end of the season.

The newspaper adds that a senior United player has noted an upturn in Rooney’s demeanour in recent days, while the United hierarchy are said to be impressed with the way David Moyes has handled the situation. Moyes and Rooney previously enjoyed a frosty relationship towards the end of their time together at Everton, with Moyes even taking legal action against Rooney after his move to United for comments the player made in his autobiography.

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