Manchester United are eager to offer Wayne Rooney a new lengthy contract, which will keep him at the club "well into his thirties", according to the Telegraph.
Rooney was pursued all summer by Chelsea, with the striker reportedly unhappy at his present club. But, after a scintillating performance against Chelsea, Rooney made his intentions clear with his game, and Jose Mourinho had to settle for Samuel Eto'o as a stop-gap solution.
But, Mourinho may well court Rooney again next year if United don't extend his contract. Rooney's current commitment keeps him at the club till June 2015, and the Red Devils will be keen to fend off any more interest from Chelsea by offering him a new contract.
United had a forgettable summer transfer window, and could only sign Marouane Fellaini in the final hours of the deadline. Their successful efforts to keep Rooney at Old Trafford may well have been their best move of the window.
But they don't want to rush things, as they want the striker to settle down at the club after the situation involving Chelsea, and may only make a move in the new year.
United intend to ascertain that Rooney is content and happy in playing in a "new environment" under David Moyes.
“The manager and coaching staff have created a new environment,” the source said. “There is no rush to talk about a new contract but let’s say if, in January, there is a conversation and we could lock him (Rooney) in well into his thirties then we would do that.”
Rooney is currently unavailable for selection for both England and Manchester United, as a horrific gash on the head has ruled him out for at least a couple of United's matches. The Englishman also had an unlucky period in the pre-season when he was unable to play due to a hamstring injury.
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