Bayern Munich interested in Rooney - but striker set for Old Trafford stay

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Bayern Munich's honorary president Franz Beckenbauer would be 'very, very happy' if Wayne Rooney secured a transfer to the Allianz Arena, but the England striker is expected to sign a new contract with Manchester United.

Rooney's future with Manchester United has been the subject of intense speculation since he was left out of the starting line-up to face Real Madrid last week, leading to reports that the 27-year-old could be sold in the summer transfer window.

Sir Alex Ferguson has, however, since rebuffed these claims, and says Rooney will be offered an extension to his current Manchester United contract, which is not set to expire for another two years.

Reports on Sunday suggested Bayern Munich would be prepared to test Manchester United's willingness to retain the services of Rooney with a bid at the end of the season, and Beckenbauer has light-heartedly responded to the conjecture.

"I would be very, very happy if Wayne Rooney decided to come to Bayern Munich," Beckenbauer said, as reported by ESPN. "But is this a rumour or is it true? I don't know!"

Rooney was included from the start on Sunday in Manchester United's FA Cup quarter-final clash with Chelsea and Old Trafford, and responded by providing the home side with the second of their two first-half goals.

Chelsea, however, fought back valiantly in the second period to grab a 2-2 draw, courtesy of goals from Eden Hazard and Ramires, and the two sides will now contest a replay to determine which side will face Manchester City at Wembley.

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