As Manchester United’s title hopes gradually faded throughout the season, many speculated a fire sale would ensue as soon as the summer transfer window opened. Those speculations have been debunked for the time being as the Red Devils signed Wayne Rooney to a four-year extension on Feb. 21.
Rooney’s new deal will earn him £300,000 (almost $500,000) per week. In his tenth season in Manchester, the English striker has been a prolific goal scorer at his time with United and is closing in on the club record for goals scored; Rooney is 42 goals away from surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 249.
“I’m very happy to have signed a new long-term contract with Manchester United,” Rooney stated on his website. “This is one of the biggest clubs in the world and to know that I will be playing here for the majority of my career is something that I’m looking forward to. I’m happy that everything is now finalized and I can carry on concentrating on my football.”
Currently sitting in seventh place in the Premier League, the resigning of Wayne Rooney is the boost of confidence Manchester United needed heading into the final stretch of the season. United already know they will be without their captain, Nemaja Vidic, next year as he announced earlier in the month that he will leave English soccer at the end of the season. Other transfer rumors weighing down on the Red Devils include the departures of central defender Rio Ferdinand and strikers Robin van Persie and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.
United’s manager David Moyes knew he would have big shoes to fill when he replaced Manchester's long-time boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Rooney and Manchester United have undoubtedly underachieved so far in their current campaign, but now he can now return his focus to his game with all the transfer rumors dead and gone. Rooney’s first game under his new contract will be played tomorrow, Feb. 22 against Crystal Palace.