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Rooney pens five-year deal at United

Wayne Rooney said Sir Alex Ferguson's "belief and support" convinced him to sign a new contract with Manchester United FC, two days after confirming he wanted to leave.

Wayne Rooney will remain a United player until June 2015
Wayne Rooney will remain a United player until June 2015 ©Getty Images

Wayne Rooney has ended speculation surrounding his future by signing a new five-year deal with Manchester United FC.

Three days after Sir Alex Ferguson said Rooney had intimated a desire to leave Old Trafford, with his previous contract due to expire in summer 2012, the striker has committed until June 2015. Sir Alex said: "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."

Rooney, who turns 25 on Sunday, added: "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."

However, Rooney will not be available when United travel to Bursaspor on 2 November after being ruled out with an ankle injury suffered in training on Tuesday. "Wayne will be out for three weeks," said Sir Alex, whose team's 1-0 home win against the Turkish titleholders this week left them two points clear in UEFA Champions League Group C.