posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 12:13 PM
Everton manager David Moyes is urging Wayne Rooney to sign an "exceptional" new 12.5million, five-year contract.
The 18-year-old England striker's current deal still has two years left to run but following a string of marvellous displays for England at Euro 2004,
where he scored four goals, Everton are anxious to secure his long-term future.
Chelsea, Manchester United and now Real Madrid have all been touted as potential suitors for the teenage sensation, although as yet, none of them have
made a formal bid for the Croxteth-born striker.
And Moyes, who has done his best to shield Rooney from the glare of publicity, hopes Everton's pre-emptive action will persuade the player to stick
with the club he has supported all his life.