Manchester United News: "Rooney Is Staying" says Sir Alex Ferguson

 
on May 01 2013 5:11 AM

There has been a lot of media speculation around the future of Wayne Rooney. Nearly every day, some pundit in the media is making a statement that Rooney will go to PSG. We have even had officials from PSG making totally incorrect and groundless statements that a deal has been done, when we know that no deal has been done at all; in fact, it was quickly denied by a PSG top official very quickly after the original comments had been made. So what is the situation regarding Wayne Rooney`s future?

It has been revealed that Sir Alex and his assistants have been working for the last few months on their summer transfer targets. I have written recently about the players they are targeting. They may not get all of them, but we know that it is a short list consisting of Robert Lewandowski, Radamel Falcao, Leighton Baines and possibly another un-named player. The thing that is notable about these players is that they are all established; we are not seeing the young players which Sir Alex has been targeting in recent years and that is because he feels that he has enough young players at the club and coming through the ranks and he wants to keep the balance right between youth and experience.

Manchester United will almost certainly be losing Paul Scholes to retirement at the end of the season. Giggs may or may not continue, but if he does, it will be on a very limited basis. Nani and Anderson are also certain to leave if the right buyers can be found. Those are experienced players leaving and will leave a void which needs to be filled by experience. Sir Alex was quoted as saying:-

"You have to look at the structure of the club at present, in terms of the number of first-team players we have at 23 or under. David de Gea, Rafael, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Alex Buttner, Nick Powell, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck. Shinji Kagawa and Chicharito [Javier Hernández] are 24. Jonny Evans is 25 and Wayne Rooney is hitting his peak at 27."

"Older players like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand may be coming towards the end of their careers, but these younger players are the foundation for the next five or six years, irrespective of the players breaking through, like Adnan Januzaj, the Belgian boy, who's really looking very good."

As mentioned by Sir Alex, Wayne Rooney is approaching his peak years from age 27 onwards and my inside information is that he will be given a new five year deal this summer. Sir Alex also sees him as an attacking midfielder as he matures which leaves a spot up front for the strikers whom have been mentioned as transfer targets.

Expect Rooney to sign a new deal in the summer which will possibly take him to the end of his career.

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