Manchester United have confirmed that striker Wayne Rooney has signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract. The 28-year-old England international has extended his current contract by four years in a deal worth up to $500,000 a week.
Rooney moved from Everton in 2004 and is 42 goals shy of passing Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 249 United goals. He has scored 208 goals in 430 games in all competitions for the Red Devils, and will be 33 at the end of his new deal. He will become a club ambassador when he retires from the game.
Rooney had looked set to leave Old Trafford last summer after former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed he had asked for a transfer, something the player denied.
Chelsea had more than one bid for him rejected but new boss David Moyes insisted he wanted to keep his former Everton player at Old Trafford. Moyes commented,”I said last July that Wayne has an outstanding chance to be a true legend of this club’s long and rich history. He is just 42 goals away from overtaking Sir Bobby as our record goalscorer and becoming the first United player to hit 250 goals for the club. “These opportunities only come to special players and I’m confident Wayne will set a new record that will take decades to reach.”
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