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Wayne Rooney lifted the spirits
of Manchester United fans across
the globe yesterday when he
signed a new four-year contract
worth around £300,000 a week.
Rooney s future had been the
source of speculation ever since
Chelsea launched a bid to sign the
striker last year.
With 18 months left on his pre-
vious deal, some of Europe s top
clubs began to take an interest in
the England striker, but yesterday
he committed his future to United
until the end of the 2018-19 sea-
"I am made up to be staying at
United," said Rooney, who has
scored 208 goals in 430 appear-
ances for the club.
"In August I will have been at
the club for ten years and during
that time I have played with some
fantastic players and won every-
thing that I hoped I would when
I first signed.
"I now have the chance as one
of the club s senior players to help
the younger players coming
through and to be a part of another
great United team.
"The fans have always been a
huge part of this club and the sup-
port they have given me since my
debut against Fenerbahce has been
amazing. I am very grateful to all
United fans around the world for
their continued support."
After so much talk about the
striker leaving Old Trafford, David
Moyes was ecstatic to keep hold
of his star man.
The United manager said: "I am
thrilled that we have got Wayne
Rooney to stay.
"He has been fantastic. Everyone
would want him in their team.
"There were clubs who did want
him. There were clubs who would
have wanted him (had he not
signed a new deal) but there was
never going to be a chance he was
going to leave Manchester United,
certainly not on my watch."
It was thought that Moyes che-
quered history with Rooney would
hinder the club s chances of
renewing the contract of their star
Moyes successfully sued Rooney
for claims he made about the Scot
in his autobiography in 2006, but
the pair have since buried the
Productive negotiations started
gathering pace at the start of the
year and a verbal agreement was
reached earlier this week.
On Friday, Rooney finally
signed the contract, which Press
Association Sport understands
to be worth a whopping
£300,000 a week.
The news is a welcome boost
for United fans, who have seen
their team slip 11 points off the
pace in the hunt for Champions
Moyes started rebuilding his
squad in January by signing Juan
Mata for a club record £37.1million.
Now with Rooney s future assured,
the United boss is looking to add
further faces to the ranks.
"Wayne is a great player and
hopefully we can keep him at a
really high level which he has
shown this season," said the Scot,
who has been promised funds for
at least three major signings this
"Part of the rebuilding (process)
is making sure that you keep the
players you really want to keep.
"We are looking to bring the
best players in the world to the
club. I think Wayne Rooney is one
"I will be looking to make more
signings in the summer and hope-
fully add to the quality we already
The striker has scored 11 goals
during a season in which he has
been hindered by injury.
When at his best, there is no
questioning how important Rooney
is to United, though.
The England forward has scored
208 goals in 430 appearances for
the club and is viewed by many
inside the club as the best man to
replace the departing Nemanja
Vidic as captain come the end of
United fans hold Rooney in high
regard despite the fact that he
asked to leave the club in 2010 and
-according to Sir Alex Ferguson-
again last season. Rooney has
always denied he submitted a sec-
ond transfer request.
The Merseysider, who joined
United from Everton in 2004,
could now spend the rest of his
days at Old Trafford and he will
also be keen to beat Sir Bobby
Charlton s record of 249 goals for
BRAZIL---World Cup organisers
must keep working at full speed
to guarantee Brazil will be ready
to host football s showcase event
in June, Fifa said yesterday.
After spending "an important
week" in the country inspecting
host cities and taking time trying
to solve preparation problems, FIFA
secretary general Jerome Valcke said
it s clear there s still "a lot of work
to do" in the 12 host cities that will
host the tournament in less than
"We are far beyond the normal
speed limit you can have on the
road and this will be the case until
June," Valcke said. "We are working
at full speed."
The comments came after the
board meeting of the local World
Cup organising committee, which
followed a Fifa-run workshop with
representatives of the 32 teams
participating in the World Cup.
More than 20 coaches attended
the event in the southern city of
Florianopolis to discuss organiza-
tional issues related to the tour-
The biggest decision by Fifa was
related to the southern city of
Curitiba, which was in danger of
being dropped from the tournament
because of significant delays in sta-
Valcke announced Tuesday the
city will be allowed to host matches
even though the stadium won t be
ready until mid-April.
One of Valcke s stops was Porto
Alegre, also in southern Brazil,
where the president of the club in
charge of the Beira-Rio stadium
said there was a risk the venue
would be unavailable for the World
Cup because of a dispute over who
will pay for the temporary facilities
required by Fifa outside the ven-
After meeting with Valcke on
Monday, local officials said they
came up with a financing solution.
The Beira-Rio was one of five
stadiums yet to be finalised even
though Brazil promised all 12 ven-
ues would be ready by the end of
last year. The four others are in
Curitiba, Cuiaba, Manaus and Sao
Paulo. The Itaquerao stadium in
Sao Paulo will host the World Cup
opener between Brazil and Croatia
on June 12.
Rooney signs new deal
Fifa says a lot of work left before World Cup
Wayne Rooney lifted the spirits of Man U fans.
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