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Manchester United boss David Moyes insists the club are in no rush to open contract talks with in-form striker Wayne Rooney.
Rooney has 18 months remaining on his current deal at Old Trafford and despite his decision to stay with the club after a summer of intense speculation over his future, the former Everton forward is still being linked with a move to Chelsea.
According to reports, the England international was looking to leave the club in the summer with Moyes believed to be set to use Robin Van Persie on his own up front.
Rooney though has continued to work hard both on and off the pitch and his determination has been rewarded with both game time and goals.
The 28-year-old scored a brace in United’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday to take his tally to 10 goals in all competitions so far the season, although Moyes has confirmed the club are in no rush to open negotiations, with his focus solely on catching league leaders Arsenal.
Moyes said: “Wayne has had a nice weekend. He is playing well and scoring – when the moment has come he has taken it. His performances have been great and he’s worked incredibly hard. And he deserves the rewards he is getting.
“When will we talk to him about the contract? I don’t really know.
“I think we are fine. We are just moving on from the summer. It will be done in good course.
“The appropriate people will talk when the time is right.”
Rooney is likely to lead the line with Van Persie struggling for fitness when United host his and Moyes’ former club Everton on Wednesday in a game that is set to test the club’s recent resolve.
The Red Devils have now stretched their unbeaten run to 12 matches but still lost ground in the title race over the weekend and now find themselves nine points off the lead and down in eighth place in the table, three places below Wednesday’s opponents.