Wayne Rooney contract: Manchester United confirm striker has signed new £300,000-a-week deal

The England striker has agreed a new five-and-a-half-year deal to keep him at Old Trafford

Manchester United have confirmed that Wayne Rooney has signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract, understood to be worth around £300,000-a-week.

The fine details regarding the player's image rights held up negotiations, but they have been overcome and the England striker has put pen-to-paper on a deal that makes him the best paid player in the history of Manchester United.

Manchester United manager David Moyes said on their official website: "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 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."

"I'm very happy to have signed a new long-term contract with Manchester United," Rooney told his official 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 finalised and I can carry on concentrating on my football."

The length of the deal means Rooney will be nearly 34-years-old when it expires.

Now that the contract has been tied up and speculation surrounding Rooney's future has been dealt with, United can concentrate on their trip to Crystal Palace this weekend as they begin a 12-game run-in to the end of the season. The reigning Premier League champions face a tall order in reeling in the sides who stand above them in their chase for fourth spot and Champions League football next term, with Everton, Tottenham and Liverpool, who are 11 points ahead of them.

The Rooney contract developments will provide a significant boost to their run-in and bring an end to protracted speculation over a possible move for the former Everton player, who Chelsea and Real Madrid were understood to be keen on signing in the summer.

It also means Rooney is almost certain to become the club's all-time leading scorer. He currently lies fourth on 208, with Bobby Charlton's 249 coming into clear view.

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