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Saturday 22 February 2014

Rooney commits future to Man United with new deal

29-year-old striker pens four-year contract extension with Barclays Premier League champions

Wayne Rooney with Man United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and David Moyes

Wayne Rooney has committed his future to Manchester United by signing a four-year-contract extension with the Barclays Premier League champions.

The deal will tie the England international to the club until June 2019, while Rooney will also become a club ambassador when he retires from the game.

The 28 year-old, who has made 299 Barclays Premier League appearances and scored 150 top-flight goals for Man United since signing from Everton in August 2004, lies fourth in the club's all-time scorer list and has won five Barclays Premier League titles at Old Trafford, in addition to the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League and two League Cups.

"In August I will have been at the club for 10 years and during that time I have played with some fantastic players and won everything that I hoped I would when I first signed"
Wayne Rooney

"I am made up to be staying at United," Rooney told the club's website. "In August I will have been at the club for 10 years and during that time I have played with some fantastic players and won everything that I hoped I would when I first signed. I now have the chance as one of the club's senior players to help the younger players coming through and to be a part of another great United team.

"The fans have always been a huge part of this club and the support they have given me since my debut against Fenerbahce has been amazing. I am very grateful to all United fans around the world for their continued support.

"I am really excited to be a part of the club's future and want to thank David Moyes and Ed Woodward for their belief and support in me. I am convinced that this is the start of another successful chapter in Manchester United's history."

United manager David Moyes added: "Wayne has been the best player in England since I put him into the Everton first team in 2003. Since becoming United manager in July last year, I have enjoyed working with him and seeing just how he has developed his incredible talent. With his ability, his experience and his desire to succeed, he is a vital part of my plans for the future and I'm absolutely thrilled he has accepted the challenge.

"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 [Charlton] 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. These are really exciting times for everyone connected.”

Rooney first burst on to the Barclays Premier League scene as a teenager under Moyes at Everton, scoring a memorable goal on his debut against Arsenal, which was the first of 15 in 67 appearances for the Blues, before his move to Manchester.

He has since become one of the most outstanding and consistent players in the country, winning 88 England caps and scoring 38 international goals. Rooney's goal against Manchester City in February 2011 was voted the best goal of the 20 seasons of the Barclays Premier League and the striker is also just one goal away from becoming only the second player, after Frank Lampard, to score at least 10 goals in 10 consecutive Barclays Premier League campaigns. He will hope to achieve that feat against Crystal Palace this Saturday afternoon.

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Key Points

  • Wayne Rooney signs four-year contract extension with Manchester United
  • The deal will tie the England international to the club until June 2019
  • The 29-year-old agrees to become a Manchester United ambassador when he retires from playing