Man Utd set to offer Wayne Rooney a new long-term contract
Manchester United are hoping to tie Wayne Rooney down to a new contract that would keep him at the club “well into his thirties”, according to a club source.
The England striker’s future has been uncertain since he reportedly asked for a transfer at the end of last season. He was linked with moves to Arsenal or Chelsea over the summer, but neither of those materialised, despite bids from the Blues.
Now he is back playing for United and the champions would like that continue for a long time.
A source told the Daily Telegraph: “The manager and coaching staff have created a new environment.
“There is no rush to talk about a new contract but let’s say if, in January, there is a conversation and we could lock him (Rooney) in well into his thirties then we would do that.”
Rooney’s current deal expires in 2015, when he will be 30.
Given this summer’s transfer saga, United don’t want to risk going into next season with Rooney having just 12 months to run on his deal.
If Rooney decides he’s not happy in David Moyes’ “new environment” and doesn’t extend his deal, United might be forced to sell him at the end of the season to stop him leaving for free the following year.