Former Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown has suggested that Manchester United are pinning all of their hopes on Wayne Rooney signing a new bumper deal with the club.
Keown was quizzed during a Q&A session for the Daily Mail over whether he thought Rooney was worth the reported £300,000 per week over five-years that he’s going to be offered to stay at United.
His response was simple, suggesting that United are gambling on Rooney staying put and revealing he thinks the player holds all of the power in the matter.
“If United don’t match the terms, then Rooney could well just wait it out. United are nailing their colours to the mast because they obviously want to keep Rooney and for him to become an iconic figure at the club. They seem to be pinning everything on him and that decision has to be made,” said Keown.
The logic behind such a big deal for the striker is understandable because Rooney, a world class attacking player, could understandably walk away from United, especially if they turn into a club that doesn’t benefit from Champions League football.
They are trying to tie him down and bypass the awkward situation in the summer where teams could come in, offering him similar deals with the bonus of the Champions League added on top.
Several sides would be interested in him with Chelsea’s interest widely known and there’s bound to be interest from several top European clubs should he turn his back on a bumper deal to stay at Old Trafford.
“He has been hampered by injury but don’t forget how well David Moyes had him playing at the start of the season - Chelsea falling over themselves to try and get him tells you everything you need to know,” added Keown.
The benefits of retaining Rooney for United are more than just the fact they get to hold onto an extremely good attacking talent over the next few years.
He creates several benefits away from the team in a commercial sense and will also help when it comes to attracting new players in the summer if United don’t finish in the top four and don’t win the Champions League.
Is he worth it? Probably, but it’s a huge financial gamble and commitment the club is making if he signs on the dotted line.
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