The news that Manchester United fans have been wanting to here for some time now has finally become official. Star striker Wayne Rooney has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Old Trafford through 2019 where he will earn £300,000 per week or a total value of £82.5 million pounds.
Locking up Rooney now is the best thing that United could have done with the influx of change that is expected during the summer transfer window with the expected departures of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and possibly Patrice Evra. Rooney looks to be in line to take the captain’s armband. He will enter his 11th season with the club after coming over from Everton in the summer of 2004.
This deal all but assures that Wayne Rooney will inevitably become the greatest goalscorer in Manchester United history. He has 208 goals in 428 appearances as of now, which places him fourth on the all-time list behind Jack Rowley (211), Denis Law (237) and Sir Bobby Charlton (249).
It is not a surprise that David Moyes would want to keep Rooney around the club as Moyes was the man who gave Rooney his professional debut in August of 2002 against Tottenham Hotspur. For the club, it seems as though the better option would have been to sell the England international.
Rooney has attracted interest from clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain in the past; all of which have offered massive amounts of money for his services. It seems like now is the high point for Rooney as his appearance levels are starting to drop into the mid-30s from the high-40s and low-50s that they were just a few years ago.
Moreover, United has a plethora of attacking options like Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck, Robin van Persie and Adnan Januzaj. The future of the United attack will be players like Hernandez and Welbeck, but with this massive offer to Rooney and the playing time that he will eat up, it is likely that these players will also seek transfers in the upcoming window.
Another thing to think about are the new Financial Fair Play regulations set forth by UEFA in September 2009 to limit the amount of debt incurred by football clubs. Manchester United is seeking to upgrade their squad with new youthful talent like a Luke Shaw out of Southampton which will take a good amount of money. They will need to be very careful with how much they shell out for Shaw to avoid being banned from European competitions. The hefty offers for Rooney probably could have paid for Shaw and at least two other transfers along with it.
David Moyes clearly trusts Wayne Rooney because he is staking his Manchester United legacy in this player. Success will earn Moyes admiration for years to come while failure will ultimately lead to the end of the line for Moyes at Old Trafford.