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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney enjoys family holiday ahead of …

  • Wayne Rooney posted the photo on Friday with his wife and their two sons
  • Rooney scored 12 Premier League[1] goals for Manchester United[2] this season
  • United captain believes they are capable of winning the title next term

By Luke Augustus for MailOnline [3]

Published: 12:30 GMT, 29 May 2015 | Updated: 18:20 GMT, 29 May 2015

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He would rather be playing in Saturday’s FA Cup final or the Champions League showpiece on June 6, but Wayne Rooney is making the most of his early summer vacations before international duty with England.

The Manchester United forward, who has been named in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for their matches against Republic of Ireland and Slovenia next month, took to Instagram[4] on Friday afternoon to upload a picture alongside his wife Coleen and their two children Kai and Klay.

Accompanied with the caption: ‘Discount Holidays © Holiday time @coleen_rooney,’ the family are all smiles as they enjoy the tropical climate of their vacation.

Wayne Rooney (left) uploaded a picture on Instagram on Friday enjoying a family <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> holiday with his wife and kids

Wayne Rooney (left) uploaded a picture on Instagram on Friday enjoying a family Discount Holidays © holiday with his wife and kids

Rooney's wife, Coleen, posted this picture soon after as the couple were all smiles on a boat

Rooney’s wife, Coleen, posted this picture soon after as the couple were all smiles on a boat

has insisted the club can compete for Premier League next season

Manchester United striker Rooney (left) has insisted the club can compete for Premier League next season

A difficult first season of the Louis van Gaal era ended with an underwhelming 0-0 draw at Hull City on Sunday

A difficult first season of the Louis van Gaal era ended with an underwhelming 0-0 draw at Hull City on Sunday

Like father like son, Kai Rooney signs autographs for fans

The 29-year-old scored 12 Premier League goals this season as United finished fourth – 17 points behind newly-crowned champions Chelsea.

Despite the massive gap to the Blues, Rooney insists United will mount a serious title challenge next season – so long as the club make the right moves in the transfer market.

A difficult first season of the Louis van Gaal era ended with a somewhat underwhelming 0-0 draw at Hull on Sunday.

Despite a disappointing run of one win in their final six games, United achieved their aim of Champions League qualification – but Rooney is hungry for so much more.

‘I believe we are (close),’ the United captain told Sky Sports. ‘You take the first 10 games and I think we had 13 points.

England international Rooney believes United 'are close' and can vie for the title if they strengthen the squad

England international Rooney believes United ‘are close’ and can vie for the title if they strengthen the squad

‘When you consider from after that amount of games to where we’ve finished, we’ve probably got as many points after that as anyone else.

‘I think we’re close, there’s no doubt about it. You can see in our performances, we’re outplaying teams, dominating possession, and it’s just that final thing of taking our chances.

‘In the [defeat at] Chelsea, if I had scored that chance with my left foot then it could have been a completely different game and might have put them under a bit of pressure – it might have been a lot closer than it’s finished.

‘As a group of players, myself and the manager – we all believe we’re close and I’m sure with a player or two in the summer we’ll have a good chance of going for the title.’

Rooney scored 12 Premier League goals in 33 games as United secured Champions League qualification

Rooney scored 12 Premier League goals in 33 games as United secured Champions League qualification

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European Factors-Shares seen mixed after holiday weekend

LONDON, May 26 (Reuters) – Stock markets were seen opening on a mixed note in Europe on Tuesday, the first day of the trading week for several countries after a Discount Holidays © holiday weekend, with Greece’s ongoing debt drama in focus and after a poor local election result for Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

At 0643 GMT, EuroSTOXX 50 futures were down 0.5 percent, though German DAX futures and French CAC futures were up 0.3 percent and FTSE futures were flat.

Greece intends to make good on its debt obligations but needs aid urgently to be able to do so, the government said on Monday, after several senior officials insisted Athens had no money to pay a loan instalment falling due next week.

Meanwhile, in Spain, a battering in local polls has cast doubt on Rajoy’s plan that an economic recovery will secure him a second term later this year.

European shares fell on Monday, with Athens’ main equity index falling 3.1 percent and Spain’s IBEX down 2 percent. Trading volumes were thin with the London, Frankfurt and New York stock markets shut for public holidays.

Deal-making in the telecoms sector was set to make news again this week, with Franco-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi’s Altice battling Charter Communications (NasdaqGS: CHTR[1]news[2]) for control of Time Warner Cable (Xetra: T3W1.DE[3]news[4]) and with investors encouraging Vodafone to spin off assets and seek a merger.

ALTICE

Time Warner Cable Inc is nearing an agreement to be acquired by smaller peer Charter Communications Inc for about $55 billion, combining the second and third largest U.S. cable operators, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Charter was competing for Time Warner Cable against French telecommunications group Altice SA.

VODAFONE

Investors are encouraging the network operator to spin-off its emerging markets operations and seek a 120 billion pound ($185.38 billion) merger with Liberty Global (NasdaqGS: LBTYA[5]news[6]) , according to the Sunday Telegraph.

BAYER (Milan: BAY.MI[7]news[8])

The drugmaker expects the world’s largest economies to pool billions of euros in funding for the development of antibiotics against the growing threat of drug-resistant superbugs, its chief executive said on Friday.

MONTE PASCHI

The Italian bank launched a 3 billion euro ($3.3 billion) share sale on Monday, its second cash call in less than a year, to plug a capital shortfall exposed by last year’s Europe-wide stress tests and repay state aid.

UBS (NYSEArca: FBGX[9]news[10])

UBS is seeking to offload its private bank in Australia to the unit’s management following a review of underperforming businesses at the Swiss bank, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday.

RYANAIR

The low-cost airline reports profits up 66 percent after bumper year.

L’OREAL, HENKEL (Other OTC: HELKF[11]news[12])

The French cosmetics company said it will reduce prices of most of its imported products in China to encourage domestic consumption, after China promised to slash import tariffs on goods including skincare products.

The company is not interested in buying Procter & Gamble’s haircare business, L’Oreal management board member Nicolas Hieronimus told Handelsblatt on Monday. Sources told Reuters last month that Henkel was one of the companies preparing a bid for the unit, which includes the Wella and Clairol brands.

MERCK KGaA (Other OTC: MKGAF[13]news[14])

The German drug maker expects sales to grow by around 5 percent in its core operations over the coming years, helped by its pipeline of prospective new drugs, its chief executive was quoted as saying by weekly Euro am Sonntag.

PIRELLI

Investment management firm Paulson & Co has 6.05 percent of the tyre company, according to filings from Italian market watchdog Consob.

ROCHE

The drugmaker said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had provided clearance for the cobas Cdiff Test to detect Clostridium difficile in stool specimens.

—————————————————————————— > GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares turn higher as China rallies, dollar up > US STOCKS-Wall St ends lower after Yellen comments fail to inspire > Nikkei’s winning streak runs into profit-taking > TREASURIES-U.S. bond yields rise on Yellen, inflation data > FOREX-Dollar at 1-month highs, awaits U.S. data for policy cues > PRECIOUS-Gold sits tight near $1,200 as dollar climbs to 1-mth high > METALS-Copper rises on tempered expectations for U.S. rate hike > Oil prices come under pressure from strengthening U.S. dollar

(Reporting by Lionel Laurent)

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