Wayne Rooney’s future at Manchester United could be in jeopardy after contact talks with his club have stalled. The England striker had been looking for an improvement on his current £90,000 per week deal, but talks have broken down recently.
After an excellent last season, in which he won the PFA Player of the Year, scoring 26 Premier League goals in the process, Rooney has had a torrid time. He (harshly) became something of a scapegoat for England’s underperformance at the World Cup in South Africa, and has since struggled for club form, scoring just once (from the penalty spot) for Manchester United in his five league games for them this season. Rooney was poor on international duty against Montenegro on Tuesday night, and may now incur the wrath of his manager after he made comments that he has not had any problem with his knee this season, despite Ferguson’s claims to the contrary. Not to mention allegations regarding his private life, for which he was roundly slated by the British press.
The breakdown in talks is sure to put the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona on red alert, both of whom have been linked with him several times over the past couple of years. A sale to Real would make for an embarrassing story for United, who are starting to look a little like a feeder club to the Madrid giants. Real president Florentino Perez has already begun the usual stirring, telling Spanish paper AS:
“I’d love to work with Rooney”.
Worrying signs for United fans, then, but at the same time, this is fairly common practice when a player’s after an improved contract. Whether or not the Glazers will stretch to the £150,000 per week contract he’s reported to be seeking, however, is another matter.
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