News24

Rooney signs new United deal

2010-10-22 13:44

Manchester - Wayne Rooney performed a shock u-turn Friday by signing a new five-year contract with Manchester United just days after appearing to be on his way out of Old Trafford.

GALLERY: The wrath of Sir Alex Ferguson

VIDEO: Sir Alex Ferguson confirms Rooney's leaving

VIDEO: Manchester United's in-flight antics


Rooney had rocked United on Wednesday by revealing that he wanted to leave the Premier League club because they no longer had enough ambition to compete for major honours.

However United reopened talks with Rooney's agent and announced on Friday that the player had made an astonishing u-turn and opted to commit his long-term future to the club.

A statement on the club's website said: "Wayne Rooney has agreed a new five-year contract to stay at Manchester United until at least June 2015.

"The agreement follows intensive discussions between the Club and the player's representatives and means that by the end of his contract Wayne will have been a Manchester United player for 11 years."

Rooney, who was reportedly demanding wages of around 150 000 pounds a week after tax in the original contract negotiations, insisted he agreed the new deal because Sir Alex Ferguson had convinced him United remain committed to succeeding on the pitch.

"I am delighted to sign another deal at United," he said. "In the last couple of days, I have talked to the manager and the owners and they have convinced me this is where I belong.

"I said on Wednesday the manager is a genius and it is his belief and support that have convinced me to stay.

"I'm signing a new deal in the absolute belief that the management, coaching staff, board and owners are totally committed to making sure United maintains its proud winning history - which is the reason I joined the Club in the first place."

United manager Ferguson had already revealed earlier in the week that contract talks with Rooney had broken down in August and it seemed certain the former Everton star would be sold.

Ferguson's comments about Rooney's failure to show respect for United seemed to signal a breakdown in their relationship, especially as it came after a war of words between the two over the United manager's decision to rest his star for three matches due to an ankle injury.

But Ferguson said Friday he was delighted with Rooney's decision: "It's been a difficult week, but the intensity of the coverage is what we expect at Manchester United.

"I said to the boy that the door is always open and I'm delighted Wayne has agreed to stay.

"Sometimes, when you're in a club, it can be hard to realise just how big it is and it takes something like the events of the last few days to make you understand.

"I think Wayne now understands what a great club Manchester United is."

Rooney had been increasingly linked with a move to arch local rivals Manchester City, prompting an angry reaction from fans.

One group protested at his house on Thursday and had to be moved on by police.

Rooney's decision to stay is sure to be greeted with relief by most United fans, but several of the club's players, including Patrice Evra, had already expressed frustration at the situation.

His form in recent months had been well below-par as well and it remains to be seen if he will be welcomed back in the dressing room.

However, Ferguson is confident Rooney can go on to become one of United's all-time greats.

"I'm pleased he has accepted the challenge to guide the younger players and establish himself as one of United’s great players," he said.

Rooney has no doubts he can regain the trust of United's supporters and he added: "I'm sure the fans over the last week have felt let down by what they've read and seen. But my position was from concern over the future.

"The fans have been brilliant with me since I arrived and it's up to me through my performances to win them over again."

Wayne Rooney factfile:

Born: October 24, 1985

Birthplace: Liverpool

August 2002 - Makes Premier League debut in Everton's 2-2 draw at Southampton.

October 2002 - Scores first goals at senior level with two in 3-0 League Cup win at Wrexham.

October 2002 - Nets first Premier League goal with stunning late winner as Everton beat Arsenal at Goodison Park.

February 2003 - Becomes youngest player to win a full England cap when he appears as a second-half substitute against Australia.

September 2003 - At 17 years and 317 days, becomes England's youngest goalscorer with equaliser in match in Macedonia.

August 2004 - Signs for Manchester United for 27 million pounds.

September 2004 - Scores a stunning hat-trick - his first senior treble - in a 6-2 victory over Fenerbahce in the Champions League, on his United debut.

February 2006 - Scores twice as United beat Wigan 4-0 in League Cup final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, Rooney's first senior trophy.

July 2006 - Sent off in the World Cup quarter-final against Portugal after appearing to stamp on the groin of Ricardo Carvalho and then push Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

May 2007 - Earns first Premier League winners medal as United are confirmed as champions.

May 2008 - Helps United retain Premier League title.

August 2009 - Scores his 100th United goal against Wigan.

April 2009 - Named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year. and Football Writers' Association Player of the Year as United take title again.

September 2010 - Lurid newspaper allegations over Rooney's private life are printed.

October 2010 - Ferguson confirms reports that Rooney has declined a new deal and wants to leave United, also suggesting he had not respected the club.

October 2010 - Rooney issues a statement confirming his desire to leave: "I met with (chief executive) David Gill last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad".

October 2010 - Signs a new five-year contract with the club.

AFP

Comments
  • Ledge - 2010-10-22 13:49

    Just make up your mind....

  • BAFANA - 2010-10-22 13:50

    Wise Move. That means Rooney has the team by the b***s. So then what, is Man U going to buy star players for him?

  • red faced - 2010-10-22 13:52

    what a load of !@#$%. after all the bull$#!t being said over the last week he signs again, these soap stars love making fools of themselves. Bet Evra's going to trust him now too

  • Woodpecker - 2010-10-22 13:55

    What was this fuss all about, were the involved parties just taking us for a ride?

  • Rhulane Stanford Nkuzana - 2010-10-22 13:56

    I am flummoxed at the way Man United have capitulated & offered the 'Special One' a five-year deal to boot.Going forward he must stop sulking and produce the goods er goals on every outing!!!

  • Lunga Biyela - 2010-10-22 14:01

    ROONEY!!! ROONEY!!! ROONEY!!!

  • Rugby fan - 2010-10-22 14:02

    "I said the manager is a genius, and now he has kept me" - I rest my case

  • m_2103 - 2010-10-22 14:02

    Its all about the money. Not football. Money talks, and football took a walk

  • Novakaine - 2010-10-22 14:04

    Oh Please!!! You stayed for the money you greedy, ungrateful t****r!!! Go to Man City or Chelsea. We don't need you!!!

  • Moeketsi - 2010-10-22 14:04

    Now the club bosses are putting themself into more debt. Who's gonna keep Rooney at R1,4 million a week. Hmmm!!!

  • Lilian - 2010-10-22 14:04

    He,he,he. Now watch his team mates!!!!!! I'm sure they will welcome him back with open arms just like their fickle fans! Mr Average will now score loads of goals - NOT!

  • THE MAN - 2010-10-22 14:06

    this is a joke??? you think this country is a joke just look whats going on here....every 5 minutes rooney is coming and going...why would a team keep a player who firstly is actually quite crap to be honest, we have better players than him in our local PSL secondly why keep a player that the other players dont respect or trust anymore, bad business decision if you ask me.... man utd could have sold him and got midfielder wesley sneijder from holland who is a million times better quality than rooney even if sneijder is a midfielder he will still probably score more goals and contrinute more to the team than this little bratt

  • The Original Beast - 2010-10-22 14:07

    Bwahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!! Now all you MU supporters who criticised him so much, have to stick with him for 5more years!!!

  • Maurice - 2010-10-22 14:08

    What a chop. This whole thing was a smoke screen so that he could get a better wage and also to take attention away from the fact that he b****d that hooker. Rooney you are a loser. Enjoy the next 5 years playing for Manure at Old Crapford. Real Madrid never wanted you anyway. You would have just warmed up the bench.

  • Allan - 2010-10-22 14:10

    why do United what to keep someone who has only scored a handful of goals all season...

  • Nash The Gunner - 2010-10-22 14:10

    haha i was expecting this. Rooney really played everyone, but i'm glad we all got to see the true colours of the Man U fans...

  • VUKA - 2010-10-22 14:11

    Is this an October fool or what?

  • P@ul - 2010-10-22 14:12

    I think he realised that given his current form no other club would want him for a high price.....its all business never about the club.

  • Seeps - 2010-10-22 14:14

    Well well well..... it was all about money in the end. However Rooney now has to win back the trust of a whole team. However well done on seeing the light young man and now to knuckle down and show us what you really capable of.

  • clevertrevor - 2010-10-22 14:15

    Not so stupid after all

  • riccardo - 2010-10-22 14:15

    wtf........!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!???!

  • Simba - 2010-10-22 14:15

    Mourinho said it- that man knows his football, not just the tactics but the off field drama as well. I say Mourinho for United- after Fergie of course. :)

  • Patso - 2010-10-22 14:16

    Rooney is an out of form player and is not worth this level of attention.Very soon am convinced he will be excess baggage.This is the kind of attention stars like Messi should attract

  • DJVGRK - 2010-10-22 14:16

    As a United supporter it's good news as he has always been a very good player However, I hope that the rift caused by all this during the last week hasn't cause irreparable damages to the squad, especially his team mates. Only time will tell however and United should rather focus on the future and rise above this GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED!!!!

  • smiler - 2010-10-22 14:17

    Does this 24 year old know where his head or his a*** is? Was this some 'smooze' to devaite everything away from his personal problems at home. Well mate you better shape up now and start scoring some goals, because it'll take a long time for us seasoned MU supporters to forget this and only a lot of goals will make it fade away. Even Georgie Best at his worse created such chaos like you did this week.

  • Kenny - 2010-10-22 14:24

    I am not a Man U fan but Sir Alex really is a genius. Think about it: bench him until January and then sell him. Nobody wants to buy a player who is not match sharp. So the price tag will be less. United don't make money. But keep him for 2 or 3 more years, let him get better and watch how much he goes for then. Plus you will have more clubs in a better financial state to bid large amounts for him. Ferguson is an investor in potential. He sees that Rooney has potential to make the club a huge profit.

  • steve - 2010-10-22 14:24

    rooney will go .....this new contract is just a formality so that united can cash in for more money when a big team wants to buy him out of contract .the longer the remaining time on a contract =more money .he only had two years left on his current one and united would of got maybe 20 million for him the new contract should get them 50 million plus

  • Kenny - 2010-10-22 14:26

    I am not a Man U fan but Sir Alex really is a genius. Think about it: bench him until January and then sell him. Nobody wants to buy a player who is not match sharp. So the price tag will be less. United don't make money. But keep him for 2 or 3 more years, let him get better and watch how much he goes for then. Plus you will have more clubs in a better financial state to bid large amounts for him. Ferguson is an investor in potential. He sees that Rooney has potential to make the club a huge profit.

  • The Observer - 2010-10-22 14:26

    HAHAHA - So what now, I thought the rest of the team don't trust him, is the rest going to pack up and leave now? Seems MU is full of back stabbers, glad I'm not a team mate. HEHE

  • Simba - 2010-10-22 14:32

    Mourinho said it- that man knows his football, not just the tactics but the off field drama as well. I say Mourinho for United- after Fergie of course. :)

  • not red - 2010-10-22 14:35

    People will look back on this, in a few years and say ' i remember when it all started going wrong MU, it was when Roo made a joke of the club, his fellow players and the fans. Personally the day cant come quick enough.

  • Rob - 2010-10-22 14:37

    Remember Form is temporary........Class is permanant

  • Mark - 2010-10-22 14:43

    Rooney you beauty.You played the ace card.Everybody was caught napping by this move.They never saw it coming.You have just pulled off a masterstroke deal of financial success.Maybe now is the time to change your life of success to a life of significance.Suggested reading Half Time by Bob Buford

  • not red - 2010-10-22 14:45

    People will look back on this, in a few years and say ' i remember when it all started going wrong MU, it was when Roo made a joke of the club, his fellow players and the fans. Personally the day cant come quick enough.

  • Brij - 2010-10-22 14:54

    Wayne Looney said that MU lacked ambition to win major trophies, now he signs a 5 year deal to play for that very same club. Its all about money.

  • Lester - 2010-10-22 14:57

    Rooney is a RED .....and bwaahahaaaa to all you who thought we were losing him !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Man Boo - 2010-10-22 15:00

    Very clever public relations stunt and contract negotiations to get Rooney as much money as possible, after all, these prostitutes dont come cheap anymore!!!

  • Nick - 2010-10-22 15:09

    What a loser.

  • Exodus - 2010-10-22 15:12

    Why re-sign a flop?

  • Mzeke - 2010-10-22 15:24

    the Special one Jose Mourihno said this before it happened ........who is the genius the Special one .........

  • Modise - 2010-10-22 15:26

    Let I wrote in this space earlier in the week - There was always going to be one man left stading in this saga. And, the man is Sir Alex Ferguson. Rooney must stick to what he knows best. He must leave the future plans of MUFC to the experts.

  • shimmer - 2010-10-22 15:27

    I cant see Fergie ever giving in to a player like this...it's not his style. He definitely has a plan up his sleeve and I cant wait to see how Rooney is going to be punished. Does he realy expect his team mates to welcome him back with open arms? Rooney would have fitted in beautifully with the rest of the Chelsea players...they're ugly as hell and they all do it Droggy style!!!

  • Man Boo - 2010-10-22 15:30

    Very clever public relations stunt and contract negotiations to get Rooney as much money as possible, after all, these prostitutes will cost him a fortune over the next five years!!!!!!

  • rafiq - 2010-10-22 15:30

    go to hell , rooney . i am sick of u . you just an overgrown round of the mill e t c , e t c. i wish you well .

  • Joe - 2010-10-22 15:33

    I rest my case!! To all of you Man U haters, your clubs should start achieving the success we have over the last 20 years before you even consider opening your mouth!

  • Vinny - 2010-10-22 16:07

    Rooney `s a loser and he decided to be part of a bunch of losers...compare yourself against the real achievers - Real - AC - Bayern...Remember these words for all time - NO PREMIERSHIP AND NO CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOR MANY YEARS TO COME - you dont have the players to go the distance - end of story

  • oscar - 2010-10-22 17:03

    Rooney must just go, you dont deserve the Red shirt anymore.

  • Red Devil Forever - 2010-10-22 17:44

    Welcome back Rooney..... SAF will get your head right again. Now let's get on with the job of winning the silverware that ManU has been doing for so long. And as for all you ManU hating blighters... go %^$# yourselves

  • Shirley - 2010-10-22 18:13

    Boy what a marketing job. Money does do the talking. But hell it cannot improve your form

  • saffa_in_oz - 2010-10-23 02:15

    It's Man. United, who cares : )