Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke fears Wayne Rooney could refuse to sign a reported £300,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford, should the club fail to secure Champions League football for next season, reports the Manchester Evening News.

The Premier League champions are desperate to tie Rooney down to a lucrative four-and-a-half-year contract – and are increasingly confident he will commit his future to the club.

Yorke insists it is crucial the club hang on to the 28-year-old, but admits that with Manchester United currently languishing in seventh place, and out of both domestic cup competitions, he would be tempted to consider his options at the end of the season.

“I think Wayne Rooney will have to sit and sort of look at the situation,” he said. “I think if I was Wayne Rooney that’s exactly what I would be doing because I don’t want to be in a Man United team that has been deemed the worst Man United team – or we are not challenging and playing in Champions League football next year.

“He can’t afford to do that. He is running out of time. He is at that certain age now when he needs Champions League football even more than before.”

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