England man set to stay in the North-West.
Manchester United head coach Sir Alex Ferguson says that the Red Devils will do everything in their power to keep hold of front man Wayne Rooney beyond the end of this current campaign amid reports that the England international could be about to depart Old Trafford this summer, says the Sunday Mirror.
Rooney was left out of the United starting line up for the second leg of the club’s huge Champions League last 16 home clash with Real Madrid last Tuesday, prompting a wave of stories in the English press suggesting that Ferguson wanted to sell the 27-year-old at the end of this campaign due to concerns that the Scot had about the player’s current fitness levels and his overall form in general.
However, Ferguson has since rubbished those reports and confirmed that United will be offering Rooney a new deal shortly, with the striker’s current five-year contract set to expire in two years.
“There is absolutely no issue about a new contract for Wayne,” said the United boss.
“When it is time to renegotiate with Wayne it will be done.
“We don’t want our best players to leave and Wayne is coming into his mature years.
“He got me 32 goals last season and, although he’s had issues with illness and injuries this year, and hasn’t had a long run of games, he’s already got me 14 goals.
“For people to suggest that I don’t talk to Wayne on the training ground is absolute b******s. It’s an insult to me and to Wayne.”