By Greg Stobart
Manchester United are confident that they have persuaded Wayne Rooney to stay at the club and expect him to sign a new £300,000-a-week contract.
Talks are ongoing with Rooney’s representatives over a new deal to extend the striker’s time at Old Trafford beyond the 17 months remaining on his existing £250,000-a-week deal.
United have been encouraged by the talks and believe a broad agreement has been reached on a deal worth £300,000-a-week including incentives and image rights.
Goal revealed in December that Rooney had refused to even discuss a new deal with United, but the 28-year-old’s agent Paul Stretford has indicated to the club his client is now prepared to commit his long-term future to the Premier League champions.
Rooney publicly fell out with Sir Alex Ferguson last season and tried to force a move to Chelsea in the summer, with United rejecting two bids from the Londoners for the England striker. The Blues were rebuffed when they made a fresh approach earlier this month.
United have since worked hard to convince Rooney of his status at the club he joined in 2004 and under new manager David Moyes he has scored nine goals in 18 Premier League appearances so far this season.
United believe they have convinced Rooney of the club’s ambition after signing Juan Mata from Chelsea for £37.1 million and have made him privy to further transfer information has they plan major further spending.
The champions are currently seventh in the Premier League table and struggling for a place in next season’s Champions League as they sit six points behind fourth placed Liverpool.
Rooney is also settled in the north west and the Merseyside-born forward’s family would be reluctant to move abroad, leaving his options limited if he decided to leave United, especially as the club have no intention of ever selling him to Chelsea.
If Rooney signs a new deal, he is almost certain to become United’s all-time record goalscorer. He has so far scored 208 times in a United shirt and is closing in on Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 249 goals.