The Telegraph report that Manchester United want Wayne Rooney to sign a new contract at Old Trafford, keeping him at the club “well into his thirties”.
Rooney’s present deal expires in June 2015 — he will turn 30 in October that year — and United are set to propose a lengthy contract extension to ward off continuing interest from Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.
They will not want Rooney to go into the final year of his current deal although it is understood that Chelsea have indicated they will bid again if he does so.
However United will not rush into negotiations because they want the furore over the summer — when the striker tried to force a move to Stamford Bridge.
Instead they want to ensure Rooney is content working in what one senior source said was the “new environment” under new manager David Moyes.
There is a well of sympathy at United towards Rooney and Moyes has worked hard to convince the 27-year-old that he is an extremely important part of his plans. “The manager and coaching staff have created a new environment,” the source said.
“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.”
United have yet to decide whether they will make a fresh bid for Everton’s Leighton Baines although purchasing a new left back to add to their squad, and given Patrice Evra is now 32, remains a priority.
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