Everton offers Rooney a new contract

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Everton has offered teenage striker Wayne Rooney a new five-year contract in the biggest deal in the club's history.

Everton offers Rooney a new contract
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Everton has offered teenage striker Wayne Rooney a new five-year contract in the biggest deal in the club's history. Interest in the 18-year-old has soared since he became one of the stars of the recent European Championship, scoring four goals for England. Rooney has two years left on the deal he signed in January 2003. The new contract is around 38,000 pounds (US$69,540) a week. It would keep Rooney at the club he's supported since he was a child until 2009. With new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho dropping interest, it's rumored that Manchester United is interested in Rooney. "We believe this is the right offer for Wayne - one which fully reflects his growing stature within football," said Evertona€™s chief executive Trevor Birch. "Wayne Rooney is a great talent and there can be no doubting that he has benefited from spending all his formative years as a footballer at a club which has a proven track record in helping young players to realize their true potential." Rooney's management company, Proactive Sports Group, confirmed it had received a fax detailing the new contract. "We will be giving this proper consideration and will be in contact with Trevor Birch to make arrangements for a meeting in the not-too-distant future," said the Proactive Sports Group. (AP)

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