London, Jan 15 (ANI): Ace striker Wayne Rooney's contract demands could end his career at Manchester United, as there is a huge gap between what the England ace wants and debt-riddled United can afford.
Rooney will have two years left on his current deal in the summer when United agreed to renegotiate.
Rooney's camp want to leave talks until after the World Cup as the England striker's stock could be even higher with a good tournament behind him.
At the age of 24, this will be the biggest contract of his career and his advisors want a five-year deal worth 140,000 pound-a-week, The Sun reports.
Despite being United's most valuable player, Rooney trails Rio Ferdinand in the pay stakes.
Ferdinand is on 110,000 pound-a-week, the same as Cristiano Ronaldo before his 80 million pounds summer move to Real Madrid.
Rooney is loyal to United and will not want to be seen to be holding the club to ransom.
But the player and his advisors know his value and are aware that Real Madrid and Barcelona will be happy to pay him what he wants.
The Spanish giants are licking their lips at the financial trouble United is in and both clubs will start the bidding at 70 million pounds in the summer.
Figures released this week showed United owe 711.5 million pounds and investment in players will take a back seat to reducing the debt. (ANI)