Wayne Rooney’s camp have indicated that the striker is ready to talk about extending his contract in a test of the Manchester United’s commitment.
In apparent unofficial briefings with the media, Rooney’s representatives claim they are baffled by suggestions from a former Paris Saint-Germain advisor in France yesterday that a deal with the wealthy French club is already in place.
Instead, they have put the ball firmly back in United’s court by suggesting it is time to sit down with David Gill at the end of this season and discuss an extension to a contract that will by then have two years to run.
The 27-year-old forward’s future at Old Trafford has been in doubt since March 5 when he was left out of the starting line-up against Real Madrid and his substitution when United needed a goal against Manchester City last week was hardly a surprise.
Sir Alex Ferguson has shown that he has never been shy in calling time on big-name players’ careers at Old Trafford and many believe the writing has been on the wall for Rooney since the Real Madrid clash.
Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski appears to be the frontrunner to come in as a replacement with the recent Radamel Falcao rumours only serving to bolster the price Chelsea will have to pay for the Atletico Madrid star.
PSG’s Qatari owners do have a genuine interest in Rooney but do not think United would sell him, particularly to a Champions League rival.
But the transfer links refuse to go away, with PSG players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva urging Rooney to join them in Paris.
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