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Wayne Rooney signs 5-year deal with Manchester United

After an enormous amount of blather and angst (my favorite London pub!) and the issuing of statements by both sides, Wayne Rooney and Manchester United have agreed on a five-year contract.

The twisty outcome to the Rooney dilemma comes three days after Sir Alex Ferguson, Man U's manager, said that Rooney wanted to leave the club. And Rooney had issued a statement expressing his concerns over United's future.

Oh, well. Bygones. Rooney reacted by ... issuing a statement:

"I'm delighted to sign another deal at United. In the last couple of days, I've talked to the manager and the owners and they've convinced me this is where I belong. I said on Wednesday the manager's a genius and it's his belief and support that have convinced me to stay. I'm sure the fans over the last week have felt let down by what they've read and seen. But my position was from concern over the future.
"The fans have been brilliant with me since I arrived and it's up to me through my performances to win them over again."

Man U, in a statement, said the signing was "good news" and follows "intensive discussions."

"It's been a difficult week, but the intensity of the coverage is what we expect at Manchester United. I said to the boy that the door is always open and I'm delighted Wayne has agreed to stay," Ferguson said, in a statement. "Sometimes, when you're in a club, it can be hard to realise just how big it is and it takes something like the events of the last few days to make you understand. I think Wayne now understands what a great club Manchester United is.
"I'm pleased he has accepted the challenge to guide the younger players and establish himself as one of United's great players. It shows character and belief in what we stand for. I'm sure everyone involved with the club will now get behind Wayne and show him the support he needs to produce the performances we know he is capable of."

By Cindy Boren  | October 22, 2010; 8:06 AM ET
 
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Just FYI - for each of this week's stories about Rooney, the link on the Post's front page has referred to "Manchester." The team is Manchester United, as opposed to the other EPL team Manchester City or simply the city of Manchester. You can abbreviate it "Man Utd" or some such, but it's not correct usage to say that Rooney has signed anything with "Manchester."

Posted by: simpleton1 | October 22, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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