"Absolute nonsense..." - Marcus Rashford breaks silence on Man Utd contract talks
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Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has set the record straight on a report which claims he is seeking more than £500,000 per week to remain at Old Trafford.
Rashford is out of contract with United in 2024 after the club triggered a one-year extension in his current deal earlier this season.
United are keen to keep the striker, who has scored 27 goals in all competitions this season, with negotiations ongoing over a new long-term deal for the England international.
A recent report had claimed that Rashford was hoping to secure a new deal worth more than £500,000 per week with his boyhood club.
But he forward has swiftly denied this is the case, posting on Twitter: "Just before this one starts to do the rounds! It's complete nonsense.
"The club and make self have been respectful to one another, and that's how it will remain. My focus is purely on finishing as well as possible in the league and winning trophies."
Now aged 25, Rashford is entering his peak years and will take time to assess his options ahead of signing what is most likely to be the biggest deal of his career.
Could Rashford leave Man Utd?
According to The Athletic, Rashford turned down the offer of a contract worth more than £400,000 per week at Paris Saint-Germain last summer to remain with United.
The French champions are believed to maintain an interest in Rashford and could return with another approach this summer.
Meanwhile, Rashford's contract negotiations have been complicated by the potential sale of United.
British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani have both submitted bids to buy United from the Glazer family, while Finnish entrepreneur Thomas Zilliacus has also launched a campaign to buy the club.
The Sun claim Rashford will wait to see what happens around the ownership of the club before making a final decision over his future.
It has also been claimed that United may have to break an unwritten rule to keep Rashford at the club.
United are keen to enforce a wage cap of around £200,000 a week per player on new deals to prevent jealously in the squad, a move dubbed the 'Cristiano Ronaldo rule'.
Ronaldo earned around £480,000-a-week in his second spell at United, a salary far greater than any of his teammates at Old Trafford.
This rule could be scrapped if the club's ownership changes and Rashford is said to want to wait to see what new owners, such as the Qataris, may be able to offer him.
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