Updated: Saturday, 22 February 2014 03:48 | By Agence France-Presse

Rooney signs blockbuster deal with United

Wayne Rooney pledged his long-term future to Manchester United on Friday after signing a blockbuster contract extension with the Premier League champions.


Rooney signs blockbuster deal with United

David Moyes (right) shakes hands with Wayne Rooney at the final whistle during the Premier League game against Swansea City at Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales, on August 17, 2013 - by Ian Kington

Rooney had just 18 months left on his previous deal and was a transfer target for Chelsea last year, sparking speculation he could leave at the end of this season, but the England striker has agreed to extend his stay at Old Trafford until June 2019.

The new contract will reportedly pay the 28-year-old £300,000 ($498,840, 363,534 euros) a week, with Rooney also set to stay at United as a club ambassador when he eventually retires.

"Wayne Rooney has committed his future to Manchester United by signing a four-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until June 2019. Wayne will also become a club ambassador when he retires from the game," a statement on United's website announced.

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