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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 July, 2004, 07:22 GMT 08:22 UK
Rooney agent in Real denial
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney's agent has denied claims he met Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to discuss a move to Spain.

Everton's 18-year-old striker is pondering a 50,000-a-week five-year deal to stay at Goodison Park.

But Real have been linked with Rooney and it was reported Paul Stretford had flown to Madrid to sound out Perez.

But a spokesman for Proactive responded, saying: "Despite erroneous speculation, Paul Stretford has never in his life met Mr Perez."

Perez was re-elected to the role by a massive majority and is understood to be keen on securing the services of the England striker, who had a brilliant Euro 2004.

Talks have opened between Stretford and Everton to discuss the new contract offer to Rooney.

Dialogue is expected to continue within days with Everton chief executive Trevor Birch to work through all aspects of the proposal on the table.

Currently sidelined with a broken bone in his foot, Rooney saw his stock rise in Euro 2004 in Portugal, where he scored four goals.

Real, Manchester United and Chelsea have all been touted as potential suitors for the teenage sensation, although as yet, none of them have made a formal bid.

Rooney's current deal still has two years left to run but Everton are anxious to secure his long-term future.

Manager David Moyes has already stated that he hopes the club's pre-emptive action will persuade the player to stick with the club he has supported all his life.

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