Report: Rooney to be offered new contract


Rooney, who has two years remaining on his contract, wanted to leave Old Trafford in the transfer window, but Gill also reveals the England forward would never have been allowed to join Chelsea, despite the persistant pre-season rumours.

Rooney is rediscovering his scoring form this season, scoring twice in a man-of-the-match performance in United’s recent Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen, and Gill believes in the circumstances a new contract would be considered.

“Without doubt, I’m sure they would look at it [a new contract]. We had an approach to dealing with players’ contracts at Manchester United that’s stood us in good stead for many years and I’m sure that Ed [Woodward, executive vice-chairman] and David [Moyes, the manager] and the owners will continue with that policy,” Gill told Radio 5 Live.

The former United chief executive insisted the club would never have sold Rooney to a top English club, or even overseason.

“We are not in the business of strengthening our key competitors in England,” he said. “We wanted to keep [Rooney] in any event and not sell him overseas.

“You don’t win football matches with money in the bank. You want players on the pitch. Wayne Rooney has been, and will continue to be I am sure, a great player for Manchester United.”