Wayne Rooney expected to sign record-breaking deal with Manchester United

Although no official confirmation has been received, Wayne Rooney and Manchester United are believed to be close to a deal worth 70 million pounds which will see the striker committed to the club till 2019.

Updated: February 17, 2014 11:16 IST
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Manchester United F.C. striker Wayne Rooney is expected to sign a fresh five-and-a-half-year deal with the club worth a record 70 million pounds which will see his weekly earnings rise to 300,000 pounds - up from 250,000 pounds currently.

According to a report in BBC, the 28-year-old Rooney is negotiating a deal with Manchester United to stay at Old Trafford until 2019. "There is no deal yet and that's why we have not announced anything," a Manchester United spokesperson was quoted as saying.
The expected deal is in sharp contrast from events last year when former manager Sir Alex Ferguson had revealed that Rooney had asked him for a transfer from the club. Unconfirmed reports earlier had suggested that Chelsea were interested in signing the striker. (Hyperlink)

While Rooney had denied that he had expressed a desire to opt out of the club, the new deal can be considered another evidence of the close ties between the club and the star player whose current deal will expire in the summer of 2015.

Manchester United have been struggling in the English Premier League - languishing in seventh place despite being the defending champions. Rooney himself has not been his sensational best and made a comeback from an injury lay-off late last month. He has made 28 appearances for the club this season and has scored 11 goals.

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