WILL ROONEY STAY?

As the January transfer window recently opened, there has been increased speculation about the future of Manchester United's star Wayne Rooney, who is about to enter into the final year of his contract.

He was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer, but United blocked any possibility of the move happening on grounds that Chelsea were a direct rival. United also believed that they would be able to persuade Rooney to sign a new contract, as any club would be in a disadvantageous position to the player entered into the final year of his deal.

However, they have been unable to do so, as Rooney is yet to sign a new contract. His last contract was signed in 2010 and it currently makes him one of the best paid players in the world at £ 250,000 a week. Rooney has been subject to interest from Real Madrid aside from Chelsea maintaining their interest. Since the 28-year-old will have only 12 months left on his contract in the summer, Madrid are thought to be preparing a £ 25 million bid for the striker. Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, though, have said that there is no such possibility since Madrid are not looking at Rooney right now.

Balague is one of the respected journalists and has a lot of connections with Spanish clubs and players.

"Real Madrid have got zero interest in Wayne Rooney. They have no intention whatsoever of making an offer for him," said the Spanish journalist in a recent interview. Rooney has been the best player in the Premier league for United, as he has scored and assisted numerous goals. He is currently out injured, but the Capital One cup semi-final against Sunderland should see the return of the 28-year-old. United trail Sunderland 2-1 from the first leg.

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