Rooney transfer saga takes another twist

by Sam Peoples

According to the Daily Mail, Wayne Rooney wants to open talks about a new contract after telling ‘friends’ that he has no desire to leave Old Trafford.

The 27-year-old, who currently has two years to run on his current deal, has found himself at the heart of speculation throughout the season since being left on the bench during Manchester United’s huge Champions League second-leg knockout game with Real Madrid.

And former adviser of PSG Michel Moulin, currently of Le10sport, claimed that Rooney to PSG in the summer was a ‘done deal’.

He said: “I announce to you from trusted sources: Rooney to PSG is done. He will be at PSG next season.”

But PSG’s director of football Leonardo has now gone public and contradicted Moulin’s claims that the said that there is no such deal in place.

“On Ronaldo, there has never been an offer,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I’ve never heard anything about Rooney or Cavani either.

“I do not rule out big signings, but only if there is a suitable opportunity.

“We do want a larger squad with adequate cover in all areas in order to avoid the sort of problems we had in January in midfield with all the injuries and suspensions.”

Club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has also revealed his interest in signing Rooney along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, who claimed if Rooney wanted a new challenge there was “no better place than PSG.”

This transfer saga reeks of deja vu. United’s biggest player being left out of a crucial Champions League home tie against Real Madrid? The signs were ominous for Beckham and he left soon after.

But it is understood Rooney wants to stay with United and open talks at the end of the season with United to extend his reported £200,000 a week contract.

Despite having an ‘up and down’ season, Rooney is integral to United and the team plays better when he is on form. Van Persie’s arrival may have taken the spotlight off Rooney but for nearly ten years he has been the first name on the team sheet at Old Trafford.

His self induced transfer saga of 2010 didn’t do himself any favours. Whilst most fans may have forgotten about it, there are plenty who will never forgive Rooney for questioning the clubs ambition and publicly defying Ferguson.

Whatever happens with Rooney this year, it is likely to be a transfer saga on par with Sneijder so get ready.

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