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Friday Kickoff: Rooney agrees to new deal; Real Madrid linked with Courtois; and more

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Wayne Rooney is ready to pledge his future to Manchester United.

Multiple outlets in England are reporting that the 28-year-old forward has agreed to sign a new contract through June 2019, a major coup for the defending English Premier League champions. The reports state that Rooney will make nearly $500,000 per week, or $26 million per season. Rooney’s current deal, which runs through the end of next season, reportedly paid him around $21.5 million per year.

Rooney’s decision to renew with Man United comes as a surprise after he looked unhappy at the club and submitted a transfer request to Sir Alex Ferguson before the end of last season. Last summer, Rooney nearly moved to Chelsea but instead new manager David Moyes was able to hold onto the England international.

Though he’s signing a major deal, Rooney has not played at his best for the last two seasons. This year, he’s struggled with injury and inconsistency, scoring just nine goals in 21 Premier League appearances. In 2011 and 2012, Rooney scored 27 goals in the EPL and 34 in all competitions.

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Once targeted by Barcelona, Thibaut Courtois is now being linked with the Blaugrana’s archrivals.

The Atletico Madrid goalkeeper, on loan from Chelsea, is currently being linked with a move to crosstown rival Real Madrid, according to reports in the Spanish press. According to a report in Diario AS, Real Madrid has even gone so far as to begin negotiations with Chelsea for the Belgian international.

Since moving from Genk to Atletico by way of Chelsea in 2011, Courtois has blossomed into one of the world’s best goalkeepers, and even with Diego Lopez and Iker Casillas on the squad, Madrid seems to be looking towards the future at a young goalkeeper with boatloads of potential.

This news could signal Iker Casillas’ eventual departure from the only club he has known. The Spanish national team starter has been relegated to starting only in cup matches since January 2013.


Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino has called the transfer situation around Neymar “not normal” but said that it doesn’t seem to be affecting the player on the field. (REPORT)

Chelsea is linked with signing 40-year-old Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti this summer when his contract expires. (REPORT)

Paris Saint-Germain has signed Brazilian-born Italian international midfielder Thiago Motta to a contract extension through 2016. (REPORT)

Manchester City is continuing to be linked with Real Madrid midfielder Isco, who played under coach Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola compared the UEFA Champions League to a good meal at a nice restaurant, while calling the Bundesliga everyday food like hamburgers and pizza. (REPORT)


What do you think of these reports? Do you think that Rooney is worth that kind of money? Did Man United have to overpay for him? Do you see Courtois moving to Real Madrid this summer?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. So should someone ask Guardiola if Julian Green likes hamburgers? Or at least will get a chance to eat them later this season, since the rest of the team is doing fine dining?

  2. Chelsea or any other team for that matter wouldn’t pay Rooney what Man Utd would. They are going to have to overpay their signings especially since they won’ have CL football next season.

    • When it comes to European football “overpaying” is a very relative concept.

      But by your logic you seem to suggest that UCL teams get fair market value or discount prices even. I dunno about that.

      Yes Cheal$ki was not going to pay that much for Rooney but I am sure there are guys on Cheal$ki that United would not pay for at their prices either.

  3. “Chelsea is linked with signing 40-year-old Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti this summer”

    Obligatory “retirement league” post.

    • Actually, this might be one of the illustrations that bringing older players into MLS does not make it a retirement league. I’m all for bringing in young talented players, but it doesn’t hurt to have a few legends around that can draw fans, as long as they can till perform at a reasonable level. That is, they may not be completely tearing it up, but they are still as good as other options.


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