Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has sensationally performed a shock U-turn and signed a new five-year contract at Old Trafford.
Despite confirming his intentions to leave the Carrington club only two days ago, the England international has moved to end speculation of big-money moves away from United, and has signed on the dotted line in a deal worth an apparent £200,000 per week.
Rooney had spoken of his dismay at United’s squad strength and ambitions, as well as the club’s failure to purchase big-name stars, such as Mersut Ozil.
The news rules out a transfer to rivals Manchester City, who were reportedly ready to pounce and offer up to £250,000 per week for Rooney to move across Manchester.
Rooney stated: “I said on Wednesday the manager’s a genius and it’s his belief and support that convinced me to stay.”
He added, “I’m delighted to sign another deal at United. I’ve spoken to the manager and the owners and they’ve convinced me this is where I belong.
“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.
“I am sure the fans over the last week have felt let down by what they have read and seen.”
Rooney is currently on holiday in Dubai, nursing an ankle injury he picked up in training.
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