Manchester United will continue to resist any offers for Wayne Rooney in the January transfer window, but have no plans to open contract talks with the forward before the end of 2013.
Rooney, who helped United earn a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday with two goals at White Hart Lane, will enter the final 18 months of his Old Trafford contract in the new year.
But with manager David Moyes expected to add to his squad next month, with Leighton Baines, Ander Herrera and Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan all likely targets, efforts to renegotiate and extend Rooney's contract could be put on hold until the end of the transfer window. Having made clear his desire to leave the club at the end of last season, Rooney stopped short of submitting an official transfer request, despite Chelsea submitting two bids - both rejected by United.
The 28-year-old's fractured relationship with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson was the central factor in the England forward's efforts to end his nine-year spell at Old Trafford. But with Rooney's form improving under Moyes, there is a view among senior figures at the club that the player is now focused firmly on his football and that the impasse of the summer has been overcome.
Rooney, having scored 10 goals in 18 appearances this season, is understood to have become more settled at the club but there is no rush on the player's part to thrash out new terms to replace his 250,000 pounds-a-week deal. Michael Carrick, Nani and Adnan Januzaj have all negotiated new contracts with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward since the start of this season, with Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra also expected to be offered new deals in the coming months.
Phil Jones, who misses tomorrow's game against Everton due to suspension, and David de Gea may also be rewarded with improved contracts, while Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs are set to wait until next summer before discussing their futures.
Chris Smalling has admitted that United have work to do on the training ground to address the mistake they made in allowing Kyle Walker to score Spurs's opening goal on Sunday. "We're supposed to jump only a little bit, enough to give us a few extra inches in height but not enough so the ball can go underneath us," said Smalling. "So we'll have to work more on that."