Top-flight champions first want to gauge Englishman’s form and fitness.
Manchester United have no intention whatsoever of opening talks with unsettled front man Wayne Rooney about extending the player’s current contract at Old Trafford, says the Mail on Sunday.
The England international has been the talk of the close season ever since news broke that the 27-year-old had handed in a transfer request towards the back-end of the previous campaign, a claim that Rooney himself strongly denies.
However, with a contract in the north west that now only runs until June 30 2015, time is running out for the two parties to agree terms on an extension, with the Premier League champions understood to be keen to assess the forward’s form and fitness first over the course of the coming months before deciding whether or not to give Rooney a new deal.
And that decision will ultimately now rest with new Red Devils head coach David Moyes, who took over from previous United manager Sir Alex Ferguson after the Scot had shocked the world of football by deciding to retire from the game last May after more than 27 years in charge of the Premier League giants.
Moyes, though, is the man who handed Rooney his top-flight debut when the pair worked together at Everton back in April 2002, and after 197 goals in just 400 matches in all competitions for United since leaving Goodison Park for the north west in 2004, it seems highly likely that the duo will carry on their previous relationship in the red of United next season and beyond.