WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

Papers: Wazza's new deal

25/01/2010 09:40

United to offer Rooney £40m new deal


Manchester United will make Wayne Rooney their highest-paid player on £150,000 a week to fend off interest from Spain and placate their rebel fans. Rooney, whose four-goal haul in Saturday's 4-0 win over Hull underlined his importance to United, is expected to be offered the new five-year deal within the next few weeks. Although Rooney still has two-and-a-half years on his current deal, United are ready to hand him a new contract - worth £40m - that matches his status as the club's most influential player. United are aware of interest in Rooney from Real Madrid and Barcelona, and recognise they must match the kind of wages the Spanish clubs are willing to offer the 24-year-old. Rooney has no desire to leave Old Trafford, but all parties agree a new agreement, to reflect his emergence as one of the world's most influential players, must now be struck.
David McDonnell, Daily Mirror

Meanwhile, Carlos Tevez's agent, Kia Joorabchian, has insisted that the striker is not bitter at leaving United and his dispute is with Gary Neville alone. Joorabchian said: "If you don't have respect and class you have to accept that they are entitled to say something back. Gary Neville stepped into something that maybe he shouldn't have done and Carlos felt he had to answer." Tevez called Neville a "moron" and a "boot-licker" in an interview but Joorabchian claims the insults were lost in translation.

The Daily Mail report that the FA and Greater Manchester Police will meet officials from United and City to ensure the clubs do not fan the flames before Wednesday’s Carling Cup semi-final showdown.

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