No new Rooney deal in offing

Manchester United say they are not planning to hand unsettled

striker Wayne Rooney a new contract.

But manager David Moyes has again stressed that the England man,

who has been linked with Chelsea and Paris St-Germain, is very much

part of his plans for the upcoming season.

Rooney, who has had to leave United’s pre-season tour with a

hamstring injury, has two years left on his current contract but an

extension is not on United’s agenda.

Chief executive Ed Woodward said: “No contract renewals are

being discussed. I am not sitting down with any player on an

extension and there is no trigger date in the diary.

“Would we be afraid to run a contract down? Of course not.”

Major role to play

However, Moyes still sees Rooney as a key figure at Old Trafford

and said: “I think he’s got a major role to play, because we need

to get as many goals as we possibly can.

“I think Wayne can play up-top, he can play dropped in. If for

any reason we had an injury to Robin (van Persie) we’re going to

need him and I want to be able to play the two of them.

“It’s a chance for me to get Wayne right back to where he was.

That’s a challenge I want to take on.

“But I’ve also got to make sure we don’t just concentrate on

him. Manchester United isn’t about Wayne Rooney.

“Manchester United is about the team, the club. What I won’t

allow is Wayne Rooney to become more important than the football

club.”