Ex-United player cites ‘£40m Pogba’ as one reason for new Rooney deal

Former Manchester United player Clayton Blackmore has been talking about Wayne Rooney's new contract.

Manchester United fans received the news many were waiting for yesterday, when it was finally confirmed that Wayne Rooney had agreed a new long-term contract at Old Trafford.

The England striker now looks likely to remain at the club for the rest of his career, and plenty of pundits, fans and ex-players have been having their say about the reported £300,000-a-week deal.

Speaking to Talk Sport, former United midfielder Clayton Blackmore cited the loss of another great talent – Paul Pogba – as one of the reasons behind the huge deal.

The main thing for United is to keep our best players,” Blackmore said.

We’ve lost players in the last few years, even young players. Paul Pogba is now worth £40million and we lost him two years ago and he was our player.

“How much do you have to pay to get someone like Rooney? Rooney’s played really well. He’s been brilliant this season.”

He certainly has, and he will now be hoping that with contract negotiations behind him, he can focus on helping United finish as high up the Premier League table as possible.

Although a Champions League place may be a much-needed but highly unlikely end result, at least the club has secured one of their greatest talents as David Moyes rebuilds the side in his own image.

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