A winger formerly on Manchester United's books has criticised Rooney for holding club to ransom while claiming the money would be better spent elsewhere.
59-year-old midfielder Gordon Hill, who represented Manchester United for three years in the 1970s, is apoplectic over his former club's decision to award Wayne Rooney a new mega contract.
There have been widespread reports that the Englishman's deal has improved from an estimated £250,000 per week to at least £300,000, meaning Rooney will (pre-tax) earn £85,800,000 over the next five and a half years, however, Hill believes such a substantial increase when the player effectively held the Old Trafford 'club to ransom' is wasteful, particularly when that extra £50k per week could have been better spent elsewhere, namely, on convincing Nemanja Vidic to spur any Internazionale overture and commit to Stretford.
'I find it absolutely appalling,' Hill informed talkSPORT.
'It’s a joke. It’s like holding the club to ransom. You can give him another £50,000 or £100,000, but I wouldn’t even think about it until after the World Cup to see what type of performance he puts in. What amazes me is you have a contract with someone and [the club] think they’re going to get snatched away.
'He’s just signed a new contract so if he turns around and says, 'I want another £50,000 otherwise I’m not going to play well'? It’s getting ridiculous.'
Concluding, he remarked: 'I’d rather give Vidic another £50,000 [a week] to stay another season.'
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