Manchester: In an absolutely shocking turn of events, Manchester United star Wayne Rooney agreed to sign a new five-year contract at Old Trafford, thus, putting a rest to all speculations regarding his transfer to the rival camp, Manchester City.
The new contract will bind Rooney to Manchester United at least till June 2015.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who had been totally heart-broken with the idea of Rooney’s potential decision to quit the team, said: “I’m delighted Wayne’s agreed to stay.”
The England striker said earlier this week that he did not intend to extend a deal that was due to expire in 2012
because he was unhappy at United's lack of ambition, but changed his mind after discussions with the club.
Rooney said that it was his manager who convinced him to stay back. “I said on Wednesday the manager’s a genius and it’s his belief and support that convinced me to stay,” he said.
Like Ferguson, Rooney too is ‘delighted’ to continue his stay with United. “I’m delighted to sign another deal at United. I’ve spoken to the manager and the owners and they’ve convinced me this where I belong,” he said.
“I am 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,” he added.
Rooney also apologised to the fans who were angry and disturbed with the entire scenario and said that with time, he will surely win them over again. “I am sure the fans over the last week have felt let down by what they have read and seen. But my position was from concern over the future,” he said.
“The fans have been brilliant with me since I arrived and it’s up to me through my performances to win them over again,” he added.
The agreement came after a series of intensive discussions at Old Trafford after Rooney issued a statement on Thursday in which he revealed that United chief David Gill had not given him the assurance he was seeking about the future squad.
“It’s been a difficult week but the intensity of the coverage is what we expect at Manchester United,” Ferguson told the club’s website.
“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,” he said.
“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,” he added
“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,” he said.
First Published: Friday, October 22, 2010, 23:56