The 74-year-old Manchester United legend and former assistant manager at Old Trafford believes that England number 10 Wayne Rooney will agree the terms of a new deal to stay on at the Premier League champions beyond 2015 when his current contract expires.
The 28-year-old striker has been in fine form this term under new manager David Moyes who admitted the ‘mood’ around the 'Theatre of Dreams' had been lifted following the club record signing of Juan Mata from Chelsea for £37.1 million on Monday.
Throughout the summer, Rooney was the subject of speculation, which was exacerbated by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s failed attempts to lure him to Stamford Bridge. Reports earlier this week suggested Rooney could be offered a ‘bumper’ £300,000 a week contract to extend his stay with less than 18 months left to go until his current deal expires.
However, the man on the inside and ‘in the know’ seems to know a thing or two about the England international’s future:
“Having spoke to Paul Stretford last night, I got the distinct impression Rooney isn't going anywhere. 99% sure he will stay,” Crerand told MUTV.
Stretford is Rooney’s agent who negotiated his stay back in 2010 after the striker had expressed his desire to leave United publicly in one of the biggest embarrassments of former boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure at Old Trafford.
Described at the time as ‘a PR disaster’ for the club, Rooney put pen to paper to agree a five-year deal worth £250,000 a week, out of which Stretford earned 20%. His client, however, believes this to be ‘fair’ when he was later questioned about the deal in court.
Paddy Crerand is a club legend and, especially speaking with MUTV, one would expect his revelations to be true and accurate but, the only question marks that remain, would be whether Paul Stretford was speaking as truthfully in this alleged phone call over Wayne Rooney’s future which, at present, is still lacking that 1% of certainty.
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