Wayne Rooney has officially signed a contract extension at Manchester United, and has committed to the Old Trafford club for the next five and a half years.
The England international forward has spent close to a decade with the Red Devils, having signed from Everton in summer 2004.
He has scored 208 goals in his 430 games for the Red Devils, and very much has Sir Bobby Charlton’s club record of 249 strikes within his sights.
“Wayne has been the best player in England since I put him into the Everton first team in 2003,” said David Moyes to the official club website.
“Since becoming United manager in July last year, I have enjoyed working with him and seeing just how he has developed his incredible talent.
“With his ability, his experience and his desire to succeed, he is a vital part of my plans for the future and I’m absolutely thrilled he has accepted the challenge.
“I said last July that Wayne has an outstanding chance to be a true legend of this club’s long and rich history. He is just 42 goals away from overtaking Sir Bobby as our record goalscorer and becoming the first United player to hit 250 goals for the club.
“These opportunities only come to special players and I’m confident Wayne will set a new record that will take decades to reach. These are really exciting times for everyone connected with the club.”
Rooney stated his delight at playing out his career with Manchester United, with the club having famously rejected two offers from Chelsea in the summer.
“I am made up to be staying at United,” said the 28 year-old.
“In August I will have been at the club for 10 years and during that time I have played with some fantastic players and won everything 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 support 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.
“I am really excited to be a part of the club’s future and want to thank David Moyes and Ed Woodward for their belief and support in me.
“I am convinced that this is the start of another successful chapter in Manchester United’s history.”
Rooney will become a Manchester United club ambassador upon retirement. He is now thought to be the highest paid player in the Premier League.