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Manchester United say there are no plans to open talks with Wayne Rooney over a new deal and are comfortable with striker running his contract down.
Speculation over the future of Rooney refuses to go away despite the fact that Reds boss David Moyes has insisted the striker remains in his plans and is not for sale.
There have been suggestions that Manchester United could put an end to all the rumours by getting him tied down to a new improved deal, but new chief executive Ed Woodward says that is not the case.
Rooney has two years to run on his current deal and despite running the risk of losing the player for nothing when it expires, Woodward says the club are in no rush to offer him a new one.
“There are no contract renewals that are being discussed. I am not sitting down with any player on an extension and there is no trigger date in the diary,” said Woodward.
“Would we be afraid to run a contract down? Of course not.”
Arsenal and Chelsea continue to be heavily linked with a swoop for the England international but Moyes has no intention of letting him go as United go in search of more glory in the new campaign.
“Wayne has got a major role to play, we need to get him as many goals as we can,” said Moyes.
“Wayne can play up on his own, he can play dropped in. Overall my thought on Wayne is, if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we’ll need him.”