England international striker becomes the highest paid player in Premier League history.
Manchester United have finally tied up a £70m five-and-a-half year deal for forward Wayne Rooney, which sees the England international paid £300,000-a-week.
The 28-year-old was already the highest paid player in the Premier League, but has seen another £50,000-a-week added to that previous contract.
Rooney only had 18 months left at Old Trafford and the club were keen to keep the England international as the likes of Chelsea closed in.
The Blues had already tried to sign the striker in the summer of 2013, having two bids for the Englishman rejected by the Red Devils.
There were also reports that several top clubs from abroad were keeping a close eye on Rooney’s future, with the attacker considered to be among the best in the world.
It’s a piece of positive news for United and manager David Moyes in what has been a tough first season in charge of the English champions for the 50-year-old.
Moyes succeeded legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson after 26-and-a-half years of success at the Theatre of Dreams and filling that void was always going to be difficult.
The side have struggled in the league, currently lying in seventh position and 15 points off leaders Chelsea.
In fact they are even 11 points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, meaning the chance of missing out on Champions League football for next term is looking very likely.
Rooney has been in good form though, scoring 11 goals and providing 19 assists in 28 matches for United in all competitions in 2013/14.
“I’m happy that everything is now finalised and I can carry on concentrating on my football,” he told the official Manchester United website.
“Wayne has been the best player in England since I put him into the Everton first team in 2003,” added David Moyes.
“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.”
Rooney will also become a Manchester United ambassador upon retiring from football, like many Red Devils greats before him.
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