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Manchester United denies early morning reports that Wayne Rooney has signed record extension

Feb 16, 2014, 9:01 AM EDT

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Rumors have flown this morning that Manchester United have completed what would have been considered impossible just eight months ago: they’ve locked up Wayne Rooney.

However, according to Sky Sports (who have had a bit of a rough last 24 hours “reporting” news) the club has denied these reports.

According to a Manchester United spokesman, “There is no deal, which is why we haven’t announced it.”

The reports, whether technically accurate or not at the current moment, would suggest that such a deal is very close to completion.

The first to break the potential extension, The Sun, state the new deal is four years in length and would pay out a total of £70 million ($117 million) over the distance of the contract.

That would give him over a £300,000-per-week salary, a record for the Premier League.

According to the report, Rooney initially harbored trepidations about a new contract with United as things seemed rocky under David Moyes, but the capture of Juan Mata appeared to ease his fears.

In 430 total matches with Manchester United over all competitions, Rooney has 208 goals to go along with 122 assists.

This kind of a deal is nothing out of the blue. Reports back at the end of January suggested a new deal was close, possibly putting an end to the see-saw of speculation surrounding this situation the last year or so.

  1. dfstell - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    The deal makes sense for both parties. The guy is overpaid for what he does on the field, but he’s also one of the most popular players in the world and he is still an elite player about 80% of the time. I’m not sure where United would just snap their fingers and make another player of his quality appear if they let him leave.

    I know a lot of United fans are sore at him because he keeps trying to leave the team, but that’s really just his business advisor getting money out of the club. You’d want your agent to do the same thing at your job.

    And….he’ll eventually have a statue outside of Old Trafford too. I know there will be teeth gnashing over that, but it’ll happen.

  2. schmutzdeck - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Assuming the extension does not get done, if Rooney has a fantastic World Cup, as unlikely as that sounds, does that change anything in terms of his transfer valuation?

  3. bellerophon30 - Feb 16, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    For all of Wayne Rooney’s apparent lack of nuance as a person, he does allow his advisers to play him brilliantly against MU’s management. I mean the guy gets anything he wants, and I don’t blame him for constantly pushing.

    That said, selling Wazza to Real Madrid or PSG this summer will pay in large part for that new backline that MU needs (only the increasingly fragile Rafael isn’t out of contract among the nominal starters). It’s worth thinking about. I do pine for the day that the Glazers pay off their credit card debt in buying the team, and we have real cash to spend. Of course I don’t trust Ed Wood and Davey Boy Moyes to spend it, but you can’t have everything.

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