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Rooney close to new United deal

ESPN staff
January 25, 2014
Wayne Rooney is close to completing a U-turn on his Manchester United future © PA Photos

Wayne Rooney is close to signing a new £300,000-a-week contract at Manchester United, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

Rooney's future at Old Trafford had been cast into doubt over recent months amid increasing interest from the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid.

The striker has 18 months remaining on his current contract and United have so far refused to sell one of their main assets, having turned down two separate bids from Chelsea last summer.

Earlier this week, reports emerged that Real Madrid were eyeing up a £25 million swoop for Rooney following his reluctance to commit his future to United.

The striker's relationship with former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson broke down in the latter months of the Scot's tenure, but new manager David Moyes has worked tirelessly throughout the new campaign to strengthen Rooney's bond with the club.

The newspaper now claims that Rooney is ready to end speculation and is considering a U-turn on his previous plans to leave.

Meanwhile, Moyes was present in Germany on Friday night to watch Borussia Monchengladbach against Bayern Munich, with the Daily Mail reporting he was scouting Bayern duo Mario Mandzukic and Toni Kroos as well as Monchengladbach midfielder Patrick Herrmann.

Moyes has made one signing since taking over from Ferguson - spending £27.5m on Marouane Fellaini - although he is close to completing a club-record £37m deal for Chelsea winger Juan Mata.

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