Wayne Rooney has reportedly put pen to paper on a new five-and-a-half year deal at Manchester United, being paid a massive £300,000 a week. It means he'll see out his best days at Old Trafford; tied to the club until he'll be 33-years-old in 2019.
By the time it expires, Rooney will have been paid in the region of an eye-watering £86 million. Ouch.
It's a deal which will backfire massively if Rooney reverts to type and endures the lengthy runs of bad form we've seen since he joined United back in 2004. The 28-year-old has undoubtedly been one of the team's best performers so far this season, but that alone obviously isn't enough to warrant such a massive contract. On a tactical or technical level, this deal makes little sense.
It's possible that Moyes is attempting to send a message about being able to retain big names in re-signing Rooney. That's all well and good, but if it reduces United's ability to spend big in more important areas this summer, this move will look even sillier.
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