Wayne Rooney Will Sign New Manchester United Contract, Says David Moyes

Christopher Atkins@@chris_elasticoContributor IDecember 2, 2013

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Manchester United manager David Moyes insists Wayne Rooney's contract at Old Trafford will be dealt with in due course, following another Man of the Match performance from the striker on Sunday.

The manner of Rooney's two-goal showing in the 2-2 draw at Tottenham was another example of the England man's excellent recent form, which Moyes will doubtless hope continues as United desperately cling to their title.

At present, each eye-catching display from Rooney brings further discussion about the striker's long-term future. For now, per the Mirror's Darren Lewis, Moyes was happy to comment:

I think we are fine. We are just moving on from summer. It will be done in good course. The appropriate people will talk when [the] time [is] right.

He has had a nice weekend. He is playing well and scoring goals. When the moment has come he has taken them. He was very good again today.

For the time being, Moyes will be content to allow the status quo to drift on despite Rooney's contract ending in just 18 months.

While the England man is in such outstanding form, the temptation must be to avoid rocking the boat. Chelsea's summer attempts to take Rooney to West London may still be fresh in his memory.

However, with the clock ticking on the star's current tie to United, which Goal's Greg Stobart reports ends in 2015, there will need to be serious discussions in the next couple of months to prevent the club being held to ransom next summer.

In recent seasons, as Moyes will have noted, Arsenal have been on the receiving end of clubs swooping for their star players with just one year left on their contract.

Given that Bosman rules allow the player to walk away for nothing at the end of the deal, it becomes very difficult to reject offers when time begins to count down toward that possibility.

Moyes would appear to have Rooney motivated on the pitch, and he has given him a central role in the United side that he is relishing thus far.

With 10 goals and nine assists to his name already this campaign, per WhoScored.com, there are few better than the England man when fit and fully focused on the task at hand.

A number of club and league records are in sight for Rooney, so the hope must be that personal glory at United can persuade him that he need not look elsewhere over the coming 18 months.

It is a story that will no doubt drag on, but Rooney is looking happy with life and Moyes' quotes come from a man clearly confident the matter will be sorted.

Having won back many United fans in recent months, all parties must be hopeful of a smooth resolution with plenty of time to spare. A drawn-out affair would benefit neither club nor player, given the latter's somewhat tarnished reputation among the club's support.