Wayne Rooney agrees £85.8 million deal with Manchester United
Rooney signs the biggest contract in the history of English football, with the player set to remain at Old Trafford until the age of 33
February 22nd, 2014
Wayne Rooney had signed a new five-and-a-half year deal that is likely to keep him a Manchester United player for the rest of his playing career, with the player managing to smooth out some image rights concerns and put pen to paper.
Rooney hasn’t scored for the Red Devils since Boxing Day although that hasn’t stopped United from going all-out to make sure that the England forward will be at Old Trafford until June 2019 according to his latest contract.
As part of the deal, the 28-year-old will become captain from next season and earn £300,000 a week, with David Moyes insisting that Rooney would never be sold.
The forward was the subject of huge interest from Chelsea last summer, with Jose Mourinho apparently prepared to offer Juan Mata and David Silva as makeweights in the deal, although Moyes succeeded in keeping the player at the club.
“I am thrilled that we have got Wayne Rooney to stay,” the United manager said. “He has been fantastic. Everyone would want him in their team. There were clubs who did want him. There were clubs who would have wanted him [had he not signed a new deal] but there was never going to be a chance he was going to leave Manchester United, certainly not on my watch.”
Rooney famously fell out with Sir Alex Ferguson towards the end of last season, seemingly taking umbrage with the way that the Scot was deploying him in midfield, although he is delighted to agree a new deal. He scoffed at the idea that he had a say in transfers or demanded the captaincy before a fresh contract was signed.
“I am made up to be staying at United. In August I will have been at the club for 10 years and during that time I have played with some fantastic players and won everything that I hoped I would when I first signed,” Rooney told United’s website. “I now have the chance as one of the club’s senior players to help the younger players coming through and to be a part of another great United team.”