Wayne Rooney has committed his future to Manchester United by signing a new long-term contract with the club. The England international has put pen to paper on a deal which will run for five-and-a-half years.
Rooney’s future had been the subject of frequent speculation but, in the last few weeks, it emerged that he would extend his stay with Manchester United until 2019 at least as he nears a decade at Old Trafford.
“Very happy to announce that I have signed a new extended contract with Manchester United,” he posted on his official Facebook page.
As part of the deal, Rooney has agreed to become an ambassador for the club when he calls time on his career, which will seemingly end at Old Trafford.
Rooney joined Manchester United from Everton in the summer of 2004 following a starring display with England in the European Championships, with the club paying a record fee for the acquisition of a teenager. It is a record that still remains.
The 18-year-old made his debut against Fenerbahce in the Champions League in late September and scored a hat-trick in a 6-2 home victory. It was a treble of supreme quality, and one Rooney has not bettered in his illustrious career.
There was to be no silverware during his maiden campaign with the club, during which Rooney scored 17 times in all competitions, with his first triumph coming in the League Cup against Wigan the following season. Rooney scored twice as Manchester United won 4-0, and collected the man-of-the-match award.
A glut of Premier League titles followed, with the first clinched in 2007, and two more in the next two seasons. The 2007-08 season also saw Rooney become a Champions League winner, while another final appearance came a year later.
He scored 34 times in 2009-10 and, although Manchester United won only another League Cup that year, Rooney was voted PFA Players' Player of the Year and was also named the Footballer of the Year by the FWA.
This total tally was matched two seasons later, another year in which the title proved beyond United’s grasp, with Rooney scoring 27 times in the league alone - his most prolific domestic term to date.
Last season he won the Premier League for a fifth time while, in 2013-14, he broke the 200-goal barrier with a double against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League. He is fourth in the club’s overall rankings with 208 strikes, and Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 249 will surely be surpassed.
Jack Rowley and Denis Law lie in between Rooney and Charlton, and four more goals will take the 28-year-old to outright third in the annals of the club’s esteemed history.
While this term has not gone precisely to plan for the team as a whole, Rooney has thrived under the new manager - scoring 11 times and providing 12 assists in all competitions.
The club are currently placed seventh in the Premier League with 42 points from their 26 fixtures, and are 15 points behind leaders Chelsea. A aim for United will to be achieve a place in the coveted top four and confirm their presence in the Champions League for next season.