Less than a year after pushing to leave Manchester United, Wayne Rooney committed his long-term future to the struggling Premier League champion on Friday by signing a lucrative new contract through June 2019. The 28-year-old’s future at United has been mired in uncertainty since Chelsea tried to sign him last year, and he had only 18 months remaining on his current deal.
But Rooney now looks set to end his playing career at the club he has been at since 2004 after signing a new contract, reportedly worth up to 300,000 pounds ($501,000) a week. The deal makes Rooney the league’s top earner, and softens the blow of potentially not playing in Europe. In the first season since David Moyes replaced Alex Ferguson, United is seventh in the league with 12 matches remaining.
AS part of the new contract, Rooney will become a club ambassador when his playing career ends. And already, he is central to the club’s global marketing operation, as one of the team’s most high-profile players. “I’ve been here since I was 18 and this contract will take me through to my 30s, which is almost my entire professional career,” Rooney said.