Wayne Rooney to sign new Manchester United deal instead of joining PSG
The Premier League leaders have no plans to move for Radamel Falcao
Wayne Rooney is likely to sign a new contract to extend his Manchester United career this summer, despite suggestions from France that Paris Saint-Germain have concluded a deal for the player.
It is understood that PSG’s Qatari owners would be interested if Rooney came on to the market, though they do not believe that situation will arise, or that Sir Alex Ferguson would sanction the sale of one of his top players to a potential Champions League knock-out stage rival.
The relationship between Rooney and Ferguson does appear to have thawed since the player was omitted from the starting line-up for the Champions League tie with Real Madrid last month and the prospects of contract talks beginning this summer are strong.
There do not appear to be any plans to move for a striker to present Rooney with competition for places, contrary to suggestions of the club scouting Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao. There are no plans to move for Falcao.
The latest round of speculation about Rooney’s future was triggered by an emphatic suggestion by Michel Moulin – who worked briefly as an adviser to PSG in 2008 – that a deal for Rooney was “done”. Moulin, owner of French weekly sports publication Le 10 Sport, said on French TV: “I announce to you from trusted sources: Rooney to PSG is done. He will be at PSG next season.” Rooney has been linked with the French club constantly in recent weeks, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva urging him to join them in Paris.
But despite Moulin’s certainty, the comments were widely discredited. Moulin launched his sports publication on the back of a freesheet ad paper, and it has no track record for original information.
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Emirates was the easy option for Mesut Ozil. He needs a leader - and Arsenal don't have them
Ronaldinho dream XI: John Terry, Frank Lampard and Claude Makelele are in as former Barcelona superstar names ideal side
UFC champion Ronda Rousey leaves presenter with broken ribs after he claims 'she can't compete with a man'
Gareth Bale reveals the two things he hates about Real Madrid: 'Getting nutmegged and Spanish spiders'
Cristiano Ronaldo shows off his dance moves, including the moonwalk
- 1 Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
- 2 Kate Moss: Previously unpublished nude photo revealed by Mert and Marcus
- 4 World Book Day: Boy 'excluded' from school after dressing up as Fifty Shades' Christian Grey
- 5 Bad Jews poster 'censored' on London Tube
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Elif Shafak: Turkish author warns against rise of British nationalism
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'