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Rooney talks on hold
Manchester United will not open contract talks with player-of-the-season Wayne Rooney until after the World Cup. Rooney has two years left on his Old Trafford deal but is keen to discuss a £120,000-a-week extension. However, United chief executive David Gill has indicated privately the 24-year-old will have to wait until he returns from South Africa with England. Even though Real Madrid have already declared a firm interest in Rooney, United are so sure he will not have his head turned that they have told his representatives to wait until late July for talks. Rooney has scored 43 goals for club and country this season and picked up United's player-of-the-year award on Tuesday night.
Ian Ladyman, Daily Mail
Meanwhile, the Mail claims Bayern Munich are ready to bid £7million for Ji-sung Park. He is contracted until 2012 and only this week said he wanted to stay at Old Trafford for the rest of his career. However, Bayern want to offer United a 90 per cent profit on the £4m they paid PSV Eindhoven for him in 2005 and that could trigger his departure.
In other news, Rio Ferdinand gave United and England a major boost after he continued his comeback from back and groin injuries to play in Tony Carr's star-studded testimonial on Wednesday night. Ferdinand partnered his brother Anton in West Ham's clash with the Academy All Stars and looked untroubled as he came through the opening 28 minutes before being substituted.