Wayne Rooney signs new five-year deal with Man United

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
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Wayne Rooney has agreed a new five-year contract with Manchester United just two days after saying he wanted to leave Old Trafford because he believed the club lacked ambition.

The 24-year-old striker said he was “delighted” to have signed the new deal and revealed Sir Alex Ferguson played a major part in convincing him to stay with the 18-time English champions.

“I’m delighted to sign another deal at United,” said Rooney. “In the last couple of days, I’ve talked to the manager and the owners and they’ve convinced me this is where I belong.

“I said on Wednesday the Manager’s a genius and it’s his belief and support that have convinced me to stay.”

United boss Ferguson added: “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.

“I’m pleased he has accepted the challenge to guide the younger players and establish himself as one of United’s great players. It shows character and belief in what we stand for.

“I’m sure everyone involved with the Club will now get behind Wayne and show him the support he needs to produce the performances we know he is capable of.”

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