Rooney signs new Manchester United contract

The striker had been subject of serious interest from Chelsea last summer and was reluctant to commit to the Red Devils as recently as December, but he will now stay at the club

Manchester United have announced that Wayne Rooney has signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract.

Widespread reports on Sunday claimed that the striker had agreed to a new deal worth £300,000 per week, and the club have now confirmed he will stay at Old Trafford.

“I am made up to be staying at United,” Rooney told the club’s official website.

“In August I will have been at the club for 10 years and during that time I have played with some fantastic players and won everything that I hoped I would when I first signed. I now have the chance as one of the club’s senior players to help the younger players coming through and to be a part of another great United team.

“The fans have always been a huge part of this club and the support they have given me since my debut against Fenerbahce has been amazing. I am very grateful to all United fans around the world for their continued support.

“I am really excited to be a part of the club’s future and want to thank David Moyes and Ed Woodward for their belief and support in me. I am convinced that this is the start of another successful chapter in Manchester United’s history.”

Chelsea had two bids for Rooney rejected last summer but the Red Devils, in particular manager David Moyes and new executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, were adamant that he would not be allowed to leave.

Goal had previously reported that Rooney had been uninterested in extending his stay as recently as December.

But reports have suggested that the club record £37.1 million purchase of Juan Mata, as well as the possibility of succeeding Nemanja Vidic as captain, have persuaded him to remain at the club he joined in 2004.

“Wayne has been the best player in England since I put him into the Everton first team in 2003,” said Moyes.

“Since becoming United manager in July last year, I have enjoyed working with him and seeing just how he has developed his incredible talent. With his ability, his experience and his desire to succeed, he is a vital part of my plans for the future and I’m absolutely thrilled he has accepted the challenge.

“I said last July that Wayne has an outstanding chance to be a true legend of this club’s long and rich history.  He is just 42 goals away from overtaking Sir Bobby our record goalscorer and becoming the first United player to hit 250 goals for the club.

“These opportunities only come to special players and I’m confident Wayne will set a new record that will take decades to reach. These are really exciting.”

'In the next few days we will know if it will happen' – Inter expect quick Vidic decision

The Nerazzurri president Erick Thohir has revealed he expects significant progress on the deal with the Manchester United captain to be made in the near future

Inter president Erick Thohir has revealed that Nemanja Vidic’s summer move to the Serie A club could be announced in the next few days.

Earlier this month Goal revealed the Serb had informed Manchester United of his intention to join the Nerazzurri, at the end of the season, and Thohir confirmed on Thursday that the deal was “90 per cent done”.

And Thohir has now revealed he expects significant progress to be made in the coming days as Inter close in on their first summer signing.

Thohir said: “With Vidic we bring experience: he is after all Manchester United’s captain. In the next few days we will know if it will happen, it would be a great thing.

“I won’t make announcements to ruin the relationship with the club, it will arrive when it’s done.

“Vidic tied to marketing? All of the decisions are collective; when we think of building a team we think of the pitch but also marketing.

“If we can have him it would be good since he is famous in Asia. The Premier League is the top in Indonesia, the player would add value to the club.”

Vidic may not be the only veteran to depart Old Trafford as David Moyes continues his remodelling of the United squad, with fellow veterans Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs also out of contract this summer.

'If we can get it done it will be great' – Moyes hopeful over Rooney deal

The England international is expected to sign a bumper new deal at Old Trafford but the Scot revealed it is not yet complete, before hailing his squad ahead of big tests this week

Manchester United manager David Moyes remains hopeful of tying Wayne Rooney down to a new contract, but insists the deal is not yet complete.

The 28-year-old’s future has been the subject of speculation, with recent reports suggesting United will hand the striker a five-and-a-half-year deal worth as much as £300,000 [€365,000] per week.

Rumours are mounting that an official announcement should be expected at some point on Friday afternoon and, speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday, Moyes appeared optimistic of having some positive news soon.

“As soon as we have the information [of a new contract] to give you, we will give you it,” he told reporters.

“Everyone knows how important a player he is. He is a terrific football player and if we can get it done it will be great.”

United have made a lamentable defence of their Premier League crown thus far and sit seventh and 15 points behind leaders Chelsea but after an FA Cup third round exit at home to Swansea, United had a free week allowing Moyes to take the squad on a short break to Dubai.

He said of the mid-season trip: “It was great that we had some time together with the players – the first time I’ve really had the chance to have a few days with the lads.

“We trained and had some relaxation time as well, so it was good. You hope you get some benefit from it. I’m sure it will benefit the players, having the chance to relax.

“We’d have rather been in the FA Cup, let me tell you that, but we weren’t so the next thing we had to do was get them ready for the 12 remaining games.”

United return to action in the Saturday evening fixture at Selhurst Park before a trip to Olympiakos in the Champions League on Tuesday and Moyes believes his squad are capable of gaining two positive results.

“We want to win [against Crystal Palace],” Moyes stated. “We have another big game on Tuesday night as well. We play at [17:30GMT] and then again on Tuesday night. That’s the way it is but we’ll be ready.

“There’s a squad here that’s always been used to being rotated and used. That’s why, lots of times, United have often been strong at the end of the season – they make sure players haven’t played every game.

“So when the big games come in the end they have fresh players. We’re fortunate with the squad we have here that we’ve been able to do that. We’ve tried to give everybody an opportunity to show what they can do as well, which is really important when you get a new manager in.”

Motta signs new PSG deal

The midfielder has extended his contract with the Parisians until the summer of 2016, the Parc des Princes outfit confirmed on Friday

Thiago Motta has signed a new one year deal at Paris Saint-Germain until the summer of 2016, the Ligue 1 champions have confirmed.

Motta’s existing deal ended in June 2015 and the Brazil-born Italy international moved to the French capital from Inter in January 2012, scoring eight goals in 65 appearances for Laurent Blanc’s men.

Confirming the news, the club tweeted: “Paris Saint-Germain is pleased to announce the extension of the contract of Thiago Motta until 2016.”

PSG are currently on course to retain the Ligue 1 title – sitting five points clear of closest rivals Monaco – and the 31-year-old has started 21 of their 25 league matches this season.

Motta told the club’s official website: “I’m very happy to pursue my dream with Paris Saint-Germain. I hope to continue to help the club reach their very ambitious goals in France and Europe.”

While club owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi expressed his delight at the deal.

He added: “We’re very proud to extend with Thiago Motta, an exceptional player on the pitch and elegant off it. He symbolises our ambitions.”

Blanc’s men visit Toulouse in the league on Sunday.

Suarez: I can achieve my dreams at Liverpool

The striker was keen to leave Anfield in the summer but has since penned a new contract as is now looking to reach the Champions League and win silverware with the club

Luis Suarez is adamant that he can achieve his goals with Liverpool but played down the club’s title chances.

The striker expressed a desire to leave Anfield in the close-season for a side playing in the Champions League, with Premier League rivals Arsenal seeing a bid for the Uruguayan knocked back.

Suarez has since committed his future to Liverpool after penning a new long-term contract and, although he is unsure of Liverpool’s title credentials, he is confident he can win silverware and reach Europe’s elite competition.

“We have 12 games left and let’s see what we can achieve,” Suarez told The Liverpool Echo.

“Can we win the title? I’m not sure. I think this season the Premier League is so difficult. Every team can lose games. Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal have been dropping points.

“To be in the Champions League is what we all want. This is our objective – to play in it next season. We have a very good team playing at a good level and we believe we can get in the Champions League.

“I want to be there with Liverpool. It’s an unbelievable competition. It’s where we want to be – playing against the top teams in Europe. Stevie [Gerrard] said when you have played Champions League football at Anfield you will never forget it.

“When I arrived here I said it was my dream to play for Liverpool and play Champions League here. I know I can achieve my dreams here.”

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