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Manchester United set to offer Wayne Rooney £300,000 a week

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Several Sunday newspaper reports indicated that Wayne Rooney has signed fresh terms with Manchester United - believed to be worth £300,000 a week. But the England striker has not yet put pen to paper although the deal is understood to be all but complete.

The deal could be worth at least £300,000-a-week and it's been no secret that Manchester United manager David Moyes has made tying Rooney to a new deal a priority. Chelsea remain an admirer of the 28-year-old, who came close to moving to the west London club last summer.

The new deal would signal a turnaround in the forward's future at Old Trafford after former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that Rooney had asked for a transfer towards the end of last season - a claim the player denied.

He was linked with a move to Chelsea last summer and the Blues had more than one bid for the player rejected, as new boss David Moyes insisted he wanted to keep his former Everton charge at Old Trafford.

If he does commit to United, Rooney would face the prospect of missing out on Champions League football next season, with United currently seventh in the Premier league and 11 points behind the final qualification place.

Rooney, who returned to first-team action at the end of January after nearly a month out with an injury, has made 28 club appearances this season and scored 11 goals.

With captain Nemanja Vidic leaving United in the summer alongside the potential exit of Rio Ferdinand, Rooney’s commitment to the club would give Moyes a major boost ahead of the manager’s bid to rebuild the squad in the close season.

Juan Mata’s arrival in the January transfer window for a club record £37.1 million (€45m) was the first step in this. And despite United currently standing in seventh position, with Champions League qualification for next season in the balance, Rooney is enthused about how the Spaniard can help transform the club’s fortunes.

“It’s exciting. Juan has come in and it’s another world-class player to have in the squad. It’ll take time – it can always take a little bit of time for every player to gel and to bond but we really hope we can all start scoring goals and help the team be successful,” he said, before insisting that with United can still have a successful season. “We’ve got a lot of massive games in the Champions League and the league. We’re all looking forward to them.”

United are currently in Dubai on a warm weather break. On returning they visit Crystal Palace in Saturday, before travelling to Olympiacos for the Champions League last 16 opening leg.

Rooney added: “We have a bit of a break before our next game now and hopefully we can prepare well and kick on for the big matches coming up.

“It’s nice to spend time together,” added the striker. “When you’re at home you go to training then you go home and see your families, but with trips like this you’re training then spending time with the lads.”

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