Wayne Rooney signs contract deal – investment imminent?

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney signs 5 year contract at Manchester United

After a crazy week of speculation and doom-mongering around the club, Wayne Rooney has completed a dramatic u-turn and signed a 5 year contract with Manchester United.

Stretford-End.com appealed to Rooney earlier in the week to publicly decide one way or the other with a letter that got publicity from CNN and BBC, and he has admitted it is down to him to “win the fans back with his performances”.

In a statement on the official Manchester United website, Rooney said: “I’m delighted to sign another deal at United.  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.

“I’m 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’m sure the fans over the last week have felt let down by what they’ve read and seen.  But my position was from concern over the future.  The fans have been brilliant with me since I arrived and it’s up to me through my performances to win them over again.”

Sir Alex Ferguson had consistently claimed his priority was to get Rooney to stay, and said, “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.”

Rooney’s earlier concerns about the future of the club and his reference to that in his statement suggests that he has received assurances that the squad will receive significant investment. This will inevitably split opinion amongst supporters, some of who were already seeing Rooney’s refusal to sign as a reason to attack Sir Alex; regardless of this, the player himself has a lot to answer both on and off the pitch in the coming months.

7 Comments on Wayne Rooney signs contract deal – investment imminent?

  1. So do we think Rooney actually did all this? Or was his main crime to be stupid enough to trust what would have been put to him as a win-win plan by his representatives?

    I think he’s put his name to a statement saying that he wants to leave, to put it simply, because of the Glazers. Somebody, and certainly not Rooney, wasn’t smart enough to realise that it implied he didn’t think much of the manager or/and his team mates.

    Subsequently said team-mates have spoken with disappointment, the fans have been outraged and he’s almost managed to make an arse of his manager.

    All of a sudden a contract is signed and Rooney’s apologised to the manager and his team-mates (according to Hugh Ferris on Twitter.) The money-men get their coin, Rooney’s left looking like an arsehole at best and a raging hypocrite at worst.

  2. I don’t know what to make of this! happy? sad? a doubt will forever remain from now on, regarding Mr. Rooney!

  3. The problem is not with Rooney, he’s a lame duck who’s been fucked by his agent. Having said that, I have a feeling he’s still gonna go.. they probably had him sign a contract so that he can at least be sold at a better price when the time comes.

    Either way, I hate how he’s messed with all of us Utd fans, not to mention making Fergie look bad. To do and say the things he did made Ferdinand’s drama look like a scene from a slumber party at a creche.

    It’s gonna be a long time before I chant his name.

  4. this is just like a new signing. rooney brought home a few home truths to us all especially the one we already knew and that is that sir alex is a genius. i’ve no doubt sir alex was instrumental in rooney staying. i’ve also no doubt the fans will forgive him, i already have. lookin forward to seeing wayne on the pitch again playing for united were he belongs

  5. well whatever said and done we are manutd fans!!
    Rooney is in a difficult position and he needs our help to get back to his best!!
    And singing his name is the best thing we can do cause whateva he did the past week HE DID COMMIT HIS FUTURE TO MANUTD!
    So lets not be too harsh on the lad and like he said he will work hard on the pitch and win the fans back!!
    I dont blame him but his stupid ass agent xD
    However as a manutd fan i am delighted he has commited his future to old trafford!
    (people make mistakes but we need to have the decency to forgive them) and after all what Wayne Rooney has done for the club i forgive him!! And he will be back and banging goals!! 🙂

  6. People (united fans)who attack fergie are unloyal sunshine supporters.before today fergie exposed rooneys behaviour to us but some morons who are a minority had a go at fergie.don’t deserve to be called united supporters in my opinion.when the going is tough you find out who the REAL fans are,clearly these people are pointless **sholes who should not be listened to.they have very little respect for what fergie has done for us.
    I have no problem saying this to these morons faces.
    REAL fans > morons 🙂


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