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United start Roo talks - Report

Manchester United have begun negotiations over a new contract with striker Wayne Rooney, according to reports.

The 28-year-old has 18 months left on his current deal, but the club has contacted Rooney's representatives and the offer to start talks over a contract extension has been accepted.

Rooney is likely to be offered a four-year extension to his current terms with both the club and the England striker keen to secure a deal.

The England international is reportedly still a target for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, whose decision to allow midfielder Juan Mata to move to Old Trafford may actually improve the Red Devils' chances of securing Rooney on a longer-term contract.

Prior to Rooney signing his previous deal, the player expressed his unhappiness with the direction the club appeared to be taking and the lack of top-class players they were recruiting.

Mata arrived at Carrington on Saturday to undergo his medical ahead of the completion of his club-record 37m move from Stamford Bridge.

The Spain international is expected to train with his new team-mates on Sunday, with United set to conclude the deal on Monday when the paperwork can be submitted to the Premier League.