Wayne Rooney was kept-up-to-date on Manchester United's pursuit of former Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata this month.

The Daily Mail says they are increasingly confident Rooney - whose £250,000-a-week deal has 18 months to run - will agree a new contract.

United's approach to Rooney has been considerably more inclusive than that taken by Sir Alex Ferguson.

It is understood he was made aware of the desire to buy Mata and has been assured there will be more big names on the way in an attempt to influence any decision he will make on his future.

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