Manchester United have pushed the boat, the sink and anything else they can find out in order to tie Wayne Rooney to a new five-and-a-half year contract which will see the 28-year-old stay at the club until he’s 33.
Retaining the services of the England international has come at a considerable cost however, as Rooney becomes the highest paid United player in history on a basic wage of £250k-a-week which is thought to rise to more like £300k per week through endorsements.
Although Rooney had been widely expected to put pen to paper on a new deal with his previous contract running out in the summer of 2015, the news will serve as a clear statement of intent from the champions and give everyone at Old Trafford a much-needed lift.
The transition in management from Sir Alex Ferguson to David Moyes has not been a smooth one on the pitch, where United find themselves 11 points behind fourth-place Liverpool in the Premier League and almost certain to surrender the title.
However, following the capture of Juan Mata for a club-record fee of £37m in January, Rooney’s decision to dedicate himself to the cause can be seen as the second significant statement that United are not about to let their star fade in the coming years.
The first thing on Rooney’s agenda as their most expensive earner will be to try and help his ailing side pick up three points at Crystal Palace in the televised Saturday evening kick-off.
Despite Palace having picked up nine points from their last three Selhurst Park outings, United are still the 4/7 favourites to win, while Rooney is 9/2 to begin repaying the club’s faith with the first strike of the game.
By his illustrious standards Rooney has netted a modest nine league goals so far this season and hasn’t scored in five top-flight appearances.
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