Red Devils feel marksman’s age is now counting against him.
Premier League champions Manchester United have no plans whatsoever on offering in-form front man Wayne Rooney a new bumper long-term contract to finish his career at Old Trafford any time soon, according to reports in the Mail on Sunday.
The highly rated England international’s future at the Theatre of Dreams has been in grave doubt now for some time, especially after previous Red Devils head coach Sir Alex Ferguson had made public Rooney’s desire to quit the Premier League giants at the end of the previous campaign.
And despite it subsequently being revealed that Rooney had not actually ever handed in a written transfer request, that still did not prevent the likes of both Chelsea and mega-rich Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain from both trying to sign the striker during the recent summer transfer window.
United held form though and refused to even enter into negotiations with either team for the 28-year-old, consistently claiming that Rooney was not for sell at any price and that instead, the club would soon be offering the Englishman a new long-term deal to replace his existing contract that expires in the summer of 2015.
However, it is now understood that United actually have no immediate plans to replace Rooney’s current £250,000-per-week deal, with the club said to be reluctant to invest £70m on a five-year contract for a player that is now 28, despite the fact that the attacker will be available on a free in less than two years’ time.