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Last Updated: Sunday, 15 August, 2004, 10:36 GMT 11:36 UK
Moyes sure Rooney will stay
Wayne Rooney
Everton manager David Moyes has revealed Wayne Rooney is ready to sign a new contract at Goodison Park.

Moyes said: "I am sure something will be concluded shortly. We've had some very good conversations with Wayne and I think he'll sign."

It is reported terms have been agreed on a five-year deal and the only stumbling block is a get-out clause.

Everton want a 30m fee if Rooney moves with Manchester United in the hunt, but a 25m compromise figure is likely.

Moyes also insisted that if Rooney decided not to sign the deal, worth 50,000-a-week, Everton would insist he served the final two years of his current contract and take their chances at a tribunal.

Moyes said: "The final fee would then be decided by a tribunal and I am sure they would look favourably on us.

"Don't forget we are talking about the best player in the world here."

He added: "It would be great to get it all tied up because it is a saga that needs concluding quickly for the good of the club.

"But even then I don't expect all the speculation to go away. The bottom line, though, is that the final decision over whether Everton sell Wayne Rooney or not lies with me."

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