Manchester United boss David Moyes has admitted that the club are yet to open contract extension talks with star striker Wayne Rooney, according to Sky Sports.
Rooney, who has scored 12 goals and provided ten assists in 21 appearances for the Red Devils this season, has just 18 months to go on his current contract before he becomes a free agent.
Moyes however says he feels there is no hurry to start contract negotiations with their in-form striker, who scored a brace on Sunday to earn his side a 2-2 draw at Tottenham.
It is not the first time that Rooney’s future has been the subject of much speculation of course, with the forward being the subject of two big-money bids from Chelsea in the summer. But the England forward has really come to the fore in the absence of his strike partner Robin van Persie.
He preceded his opportunistic brace at Spurs’ with another stellar performance at Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions’ League, being involved in four of the Red Devils’ five goals in their crushing 5-0 win.
His performances have however not been enough to get United any closer to the top of the log, as his side are now nine points behind league leaders Arsenal, and perhaps United have thought it wise not to distract their talismanic forward at this most inopportune moment with contract negotiations.
Speaking after the 2-2 draw in North London, Moyes said: “When will we talk to him about the contract? I don’t really know, I think we are fine. We are just moving in from the summer. It will be done in good course. The appropriate people will talk when the time is right.”
The former Everton boss also reserved special praise for Rooney, saying he fully expects the former Everton striker to continue his scoring streak and earning praise from all quarters.
“Wayne has had a nice weekend. He is playing well and scoring- when the moment has come he has taken it. You will see him score a lot of great goals. But that (the first he scored) was more of a sniff at goal, a mix-up in the box and he was on the end of it.”
“His performances have been great and he’s worked incredibly hard. And he deserves the rewards he is getting.”
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