According to various reports – including The Sun and The Sunday Times – Wayne Rooney has put pen to paper on a new money-spinning contract at Manchester United.
The Sunday Times say that the deal will keep the England international striker at Old Trafford until 2018, with the deal believed to be worth around an astonishing £70m.
Over the past couple of seasons, Rooney has been linked with a move away from the club. An unforgettable verbal transfer request in 2010 shook the Premier League, yet he was persuaded to stay ahead of a proposed move to neighbours Manchester City.
Whilst many inside Manchester doubted his loyalty, his determination and ability could never be faulted and Rooney eventually won over his doubters with his key performances.
After Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure, Rooney was once again linked with a move away from the club, with Chelsea reportedly making an offer during summer – but the bid was turned down.
Again, in January, Rooney was reportedly considering his future at the club following a disastrous campaign by the Red Devils, with both Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez keen admirers. However, Manchester United’s late January transfer activity has helped persuade the 28-year-old to stay.
Towards the end of the January transfer window, Juan Mata joined the club from Chelsea for £37.1m, and his arrival is reported to have lifted spirits around Old Trafford – despite the continual struggles on the pitch.
The new deal agreed by the Former Everton youth product includes a Premier League record high salary of £300,000, a good £50,000 more than what he currently earns.
In spite of Manchester United’s struggles on the field, one man who has remained at the top of his game is Wayne Rooney. The striker has scored nine, and assisted a further nine in 18 Premier League starts. He currently ranks joint-second in Europe’s leading assists, three behind Barcelona playmaker Cesc Fabregas.
In spite of United’s probable failure to finish in the top four and regain Champions League football next season, retaining Rooney and the recent arrival of Mata will certainly boost the club when attempting to attract Europe’s big names this summer.
Is Rooney worth a £300,000 a week contract? How important is he to Manchester United’s future?
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