Good news for United? Rooney drops hint over long-term stay at the club

Wayne Rooney has hinted at a positive conclusion to his contract talks with Manchester United by his aim of beating Sir Bobby Charlton's club scoring record.

Contract discussions must be going well between Wayne Rooney and Manchester United, as earlier today Rooney told BBC's Football Focus ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League game against dead-bottom Fulham:

'It is a great aim for myself to try and get Sir Bobby's record, both at club and international level.

'It is something which I would like to do. If I can do that I would be really proud because it has stood for a long time.'

Rooney's current deal at United is set to expire at the end of next season, and with 41 goals separating his current total to Charlton's overall 249-goal record then he must be looking at a long-term United stay.

And the United striker is only 11-goals behind Charlton's England record of 49, so it could be a double whammy for the England international if Rooney does go on to break both his records.

It is a remarkable fact that Rooney has only won the Manchester United top goalscorer award three times out of a possible nine, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Dimitar Berbatov, Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Robin Van Persie all pipping him to it in previous years.

But there is a very real chance that by the time he hangs his boots up, he could be statistically the greatest striker England has ever had.

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