Wayne Rooney reaches agreement on Manchester United deal until 2019


Wayne Rooney has agreed a deal (Picture: Getty)

Wayne Rooney has reached an agreement with Manchester United on a new five-and-a-half year deal, thought to be worth £300,000-a-week.

The England striker’s future at Old Trafford has been called into question since the summer, when Chelsea openly pursued him.

However, United boss David Moyes has made sealing Rooney’s long-term future one of his top priorities this season and now looks to have got his man, according to the BBC.

MORE:Moyes wrong to extend Rooney’s United deal

Wayne Rooney is set to stay at Manchester United until the end of his career (Picture: AP)

Rooney’s anticipated bumper salary will be a Premier League record, with the deal taking the 28-year-old until the tail-end of his playing days.

The former Everton youngster is also believed to be among the contenders to succeed Nemanja Vidic as club captain when the Serbian defender departs…

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Diego Maradona set to continue his playing career at age of 53


FBL-CONMEBOL-MARADONA Diego Maradona is set to return to football (Picture: Getty)

He’s widely considered to be the best player ever – and Diego Maradona is now planning a sensational return to football.

The 53-year-old is said to be in talks with minnows Deportivo Riestra, who play in the fifth tier of Argentinean football, over a deal to join them until the end of the season.

Maradona was put in touch with Riestra by one of his advisers who owns shares in the club, and he is now tipped to make his debut next month.

The 1986 World Cup winner, known simply as ‘God’ in his homeland, has struggled with his weight in recent years but is said to be in good enough shape to start a match on March 23.

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FUSSBALL : WM 1986 in MEXIKO , ARGENTINIEN - BELGIEN 2:0 Maradona is set to return to the pitch (Picture: Getty)

Maradona told…

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They’re at it again! Pathetic Arsenal are taking the mickey out of Everton and the FA Cup just weeks after shafting Liverpool


Everton have been given a reduced allocation for next month’s FA Cup game at Arsenal (Picture: AP Photo)

Everton fans have reacted with frustration after Arsenal cut their allocation for next month’s FA Cup quarter-final and the Gunners risk penalising their own supporters as a result.

Under FA Cup rules away supporters are entitled up to 15 per cent of the capacity of the stadium, in the case of the Emirates that equates to 9,000 tickets.

Sadly for Everton supporters they will have to fight over a little over 5,200 after the ‘Arsenal Safety Advisory Group’ chose to slash their entitlement for the game on March 8.

ASAG – comprised of representatives from the club, Islington Council, police and transport authorities – say the decision was made due to issues of persistent standing and the use of pyrotechnics in the upper tiers.

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Parents stick it out ‘if mother a bigger earner’


Parents stick it out 'if mother a bigger earner' A mother’s salary being 20 per cent higher than her husband’s increases the chances of a stable relationship (Picture: File)

Parents are more likely to stay together through the ‘intense’ difficulties of raising children when the mother earns more than the father, research shows.

Couples where the mother’s salary is at least 20 per cent higher than her partner’s stand a better chance of enjoying a stable relationship, it was claimed.

Married couples also stayed together longer than those who decided against walking down the aisle, British and German research showed.

And the risk of unmarried couples splitting up where the mother earned more than the father was 60 per cent less than for couples where he brought more cash home.

‘Sociological and economic theories have long predicted that women’s increased economic independence would undermine the institution of marriage,’ said Dr Shireen Kanji, from the University of Leicester School.


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Jose Mourinho is just a bully and his comments were despicable, says Arsenal legend Bob Wilson


Jose Mourinho has been slammed by Bob Wilson (Picture: AP)

Arsenal legend Bob Wilson has blasted Jose Mourinho for his attack on Arsene Wenger – labelling the Chelsea boss ‘despicable’ and ‘boring’.

Mourinho stoked up his war of words with Wenger on Friday, describing the Gunners manager as a ‘specialist in failure’.

The comments were just the latest in an on-going squabble between Mourinho and his two title rivals – Wenger and Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

And Wilson laid into the Blues manager this morning, insisting it is time the Portuguese was more respectful of his fellow coaches.

‘I think at best it was disrespectful, at worst despicable to be so dismissive of a genuinely good guy and a footballing man I think, whose presence in England in 17-18 years has opened eyes and ears and created wonderfully entertaining sides,’ the former Gunners keeper told BBC Five Live.


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Lionel Messi is very interested about life at Manchester City, says Pablo Zabaleta


Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (Picture: Getty Images)

Pablo Zabaleta says Lionel Messi is very interested in life at Manchester City and plans to persuade his Argentinian team-mate to join him in England over a fish-supper.

The Sky Blues defender will welcome his close pal to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night, when Barca come to the north-west for their last-16 Champions League first-leg.

Zabaleta is hopeful that one day he will be able to welcome Messi to Manchester on a permanent basis and believes he has the perfect way of persuading the superstar striker to ditch the Catalan giants in favour of a life in England.

‘Yeah, I have spoken to Leo about City,’ said Zabaleta.

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Pablo Zabaleta (L) is hoping to persuade Messi to join him at City (Picture: Getty Images)

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Is The Queen one of the worst BAFTA winners ever? Top 10 most undeserving awards in recent years


Helen Mirren's Queen Elizabeth stands alone in Peter Morgan's The Audience (Picture: Johan Persson) Is The Queen one of the worst BAFTA winners ever? (Picture: Johan Persson)

The 67th annual BAFTAs take place in London tonight, celebrating the best in film from the past 12 months.

While the British Academy of Film and Television Awards are seen as the best indicator for who will win what at the all-important Oscars, they do sometimes get things wrong.

Stunning performances are overlooked in favour of the mediocre, ‘best sound’ can be awarded to films with awful singing, and sometimes it looks like the Academy bends the rules to benefit a specific cause.

With these variables (and more!) in mind, we have trawled back through the most recent years of BAFTA to question whether the best man/woman/animated character won in the past….

10 – Year of controversy

This year’s ceremony has Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine up for three awards – with Cate Blanchett up for best actress…

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Luis Suarez comes under attack from his gran after family bust-up


Liverpool's Luis Suarez reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC at Goodison Park in Liverpool, Britain, 23 November 2013. The match ended 3-3. (Picture: EPA) Luis Suarez has come under attack from his gran (Picture: EPA)

Luis Suarez has had to put up with his fair share of critics during his turbulent three years in English football and now even his own gran has turned on him.

The Liverpool striker has come under fire from 65-year-old Maria Josefa Reyes who is fuming after being kicked out of the luxury house she shares with Suarez’s mum back in Uruguay.

A family argument has seen Maria end up in a nursing home and she has publically attacked the Reds deadly hit-man – who bought the house for her and his mother – for not stepping in.

‘Luis must know what’s going on but he hasn’t called me,’ she said.

‘He and his brother Paulo just do whatever their mum tells them. She fills their heads up with rubbish.’

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Order, order! Turkish MPs injured in mass Parliament brawl over new bill


A scuffle erupts between the ruling AK Party (AKP) and the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) (Picture: Stringer/Turkey/Reuters)

Ministers and their political opponents are usually embroiled in a war of words, but rarely do things escalate into out-and-out fisticuffs.

However, in Turkey a debate on proposed legislation to increase the government’s control of the judiciary exploded into a brawl on Saturday.

One Turkish MP is believed to have suffered a broken nose in the incident, while another broke a finger.

Opposition politician Ali Ihsan Kokturk was injured in the brawl (Picture: Stringer/Turkey/Reuters)

The bill, which was eventually passed, gives prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government a tighter grip over the appointment of judges and prosecutors.

Senior figures against the change say that it contravenes Turkey’s constitution by narrowing the gap between the ruling powers and the independent and impartial judicial body.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party)…

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Little boy with ‘no friends to celebrate his birthday’ gets nearly 40,000 on Facebook


Little boy with 'no' friends to celebrate his birthday gets nearly 40,000 on Facebook Colin has a disorder similar to Asperger syndrome, which affects his ability to make friends (Picture: Facebook)

A boy who claimed he had no one to celebrate his 11th birthday with will be getting quite a surprise on his special day.

His mother has managed to round up almost 40,000 Facebook friends to wish him many happy returns.

Colin has a disorder similar to Asperger syndrome, which affects his social skills and ability to make friends.

When his mother Jennifer, from Richmond, Michigan, in the US, asked him if he wanted a birthday party, she was heartbroken when he told her he had no friends to invite.

So she took to Facebook in an attempt to make him feel special on his big day, launching a page called Colin Is Eleven which has been inundated with messages of support.

Little boy with 'no' friends to celebrate his birthday gets nearly 40,000 on Facebook The birthday page has been inundated with likes (Picture: Facebook)


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