Wayne Rooney has perfomed an astonishing u-turn by signing a new five-year deal to stay at Manchester United.
The club’s website has confirmed the 24-year-old striker will remain at the club until June 2015.
It follows a dramatic week after it emerged Rooney had told boss Sir Alex Ferguson he wouldn’t be signing a new deal in August.
The revelations led to angry protests from some fans who daubed threatening graffiti about the English ace.
Another group of supporters donning balaclavas staged a protest outside the star’s Cheshire home last night, leading to the striker calling the police.
Rooney told the club’s website: “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.”
It’s a massive coup for United boss Sir Alex Ferguson who admitted he was bemused at Rooney’s earlier descision to leave the club.
But he was delighted at Rooney’s u-turn.
The legendary boss 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.
“Sometimes, when you’re in a club, it can be hard to realise just how big it is and it takes something like the events of the last few days to make you understand. I think Wayne now understands what a great club Manchester United is.
“I’m pleased he has accepted the challenge to guide the younger players and establish himself as one of United’s great players. It shows character and belief in what we stand for.
“I’m sure everyone involved with the Club will now get behind Wayne and show him the support he needs to produce the performances we know he is capable of.”