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: Rooney seeks new deal

19/04/2013 07:33

David Anderson writes in The Mirror

Rooney wants new deal at United
Wayne Rooney wants Sir Alex Ferguson to show his commitment to him - by tabling a new contract. Rooney's camp insist the striker is not interested in quitting Manchester United to join Paris Saint-Germain this summer. They say the England international wants to stay at Old Trafford and would like to end his career with champions-elect United. The 27-year-old is about to enter the final two years of a five-year contract, believed to be worth £220,000-a-week, which he signed in October 2010 and wants the club to begin negotiating a new agreement. Ferguson insisted last month that there is no issue over Rooney's contract and said talks would start "when the time comes", but the hitman wants him to back up his words with actions. That would dispel the uncertainty over Rooney's future, which has been building since Fergie benched him against Real Madrid last month. More questions were raised on Wednesday, when Ferguson's decision to replace Rooney in the draw at West Ham even though United were chasing an equaliser was taken as another sign that he is no longer the club's No 1 star.

Rooney’s future is also discussed in The Sun, where England legend Alan Shearer stirs the pot by claiming the Reds striker “might have a decision to make this summer.” Talking to journalist Neil Custis, Shearer also says “if he is not happy, he needs to move.”

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail features an interview with Bebe, currently on loan with Rio Ave, who reflects on life at Old Trafford and an amusing training ground exchange with Ryan Giggs: “One day I've passed the ball through his legs and he told me, ‘Go on, go tell your mother you did this to Ryan Giggs.’” The Portuguese winger also reveals that he struggles to understand Sir Alex’s Glaswegian accent.

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