Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney is unwilling to discuss a possible contract extension partly because the 28-year-old wants to see whether the Red Devils will qualify for the UEFA Champions League at the end of this season.
Rooney has been stalling talks for several months, and will reportedly discuss his future at United after the World Cup this summer. The gifted footballer is now entering the final 18 months of his contract with United, and is conscious that he probably has one major transfer move left in his career before he’s past his prime.
David Moyes believes Rooney is happy at the club, but is concerned what may happen if United fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Rooney is out of this weekend’s FA Cup match with a groin injury, and is a doubt for the mid-week League Cup semi-final 1st leg against Sunderland.
Here are tonight’s world soccer news headlines:
- Injured Wayne Rooney stalling on new contract at Manchester United — The Guardian
- Wayne Rooney to miss Manchester United’s FA Cup game against Swansea — Sky Sports
- Hull City fans’ coach attack: ‘Liverpool gang armed with knives and concrete slabs’ — Hull Daily Mail
- Jose Mourinho says Gonzalo Higuain is a player Chelsea will not be able to sign — Sky Sports
- José Mourinho says Chelsea ‘don’t have divers’ despite Oscar’s tumble — The Guardian
- Gedion Zelalem set to make Gunners debut — The Independent
- FA Cup: Greatest moments in every Premier League team’s history — The Mail
- Tim Sherwood’s simple approach paying off for Tottenham — ESPN FC
- Joleon Lescott wants Tottenham loan and will take a pay-cut — The Mirror
- Mourinho says Mata and Essien can leave Chelsea if they wish — Sky Sports
- Lewis Holtby: I will leave Tottenham if first team opportunities dry up under Tim Sherwood — Telegraph
- Arsene Wenger denies Arsenal interest in Dimitar Berbatov — The Mail
- Manuel Pellegrini: John Guidetti may go out on loan — Manchester Evening News
- Lacina Traore set to join West Ham on loan — The Mail
- Manchester United send delegation to negotiate for Koke — Goal
- Manuel Pellegrini says divers thrive because ‘football is cheating’ — The Guardian
- Derby County sign Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford on loan until end of season — Sky Sports
- Ashley Young ruled out with injury for FA Cup match — Manchester United
- Cabaye ruled out of Newcastle’s Cardiff tie, with Krul doubtful — Sunderland Echo
- Martinez: QPR interested in Jelavic but squad depth comes first — Pro Soccer Talk
- Swansea City confirm approach for Blackpool winger Tom Ince — Wales Online
- Andy Carroll returns to West Ham first team training for the first time in 8 months — 101GG
- Dan Gosling’s future put on ice by Alan Pardew as he returns to Newcastle United — Newcastle Chronicle
- Steven Fletcher a target as Celtic seek to add firepower — The Telegraph
- Tim Sherwood says Arsenal will be unhappy that Emmanuel Adebayor is fit — The Independent
- Emmanuel Adebayor fired up for Arsenal tie to Tim Sherwood’s delight — The Guardian
- Klinsmann calls 26 players for first FIFA World Cup preparation camp of 2014 — US Soccer
- Taking stock of the U.S. national team’s January camp roster omissions — Sports Illustrated
- Sepp Blatter wants time penalty for diving in football — BBC Sport
- FA red-faced over ‘detestable’ gay slur by equality board member— The Guardian
- Global sports broadcasting rights predicted to rise to £16bn — FC Business
- Brazil creates 10,000-strong elite security force to deal with expected protests — The Independent
- US consortium to bid to take over Championship club Reading — BBC Sport
- Belgian Duchâtelet completes Charlton takeover — Charlton Athletic FC
- Lionel Messi returns to training for Barcelona, scores hat trick as 13,000 fans watch — Pro Soccer Talk
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