Wayne Rooney says the future is bright for Manchester United and insists the Reds are heading in the right direction.
The striker signed a new four-year contract extension with the Reds on Friday in a deal that follows hot on the heels of Juan Mata’s £37.1 million transfer from Chelsea, providing a huge statement of intent from the club.
“The future is bright for Manchester United. This is still one of the world’s leading clubs," Wayne explains on his official website. "We have seen this with the signing of Juan Mata in January. People have been saying that we may have trouble attracting the world’s best players but I think the fact Mata came here shows this isn’t true.
“This is a new era for the club, we have a new management team and a great new manager in David Moyes. We have some great players and despite our recent form everyone has stuck together and the team spirit is good. We will continue to work hard and get Manchester United to the top where it belongs.”
While David Moyes' men are currently seventh in the Barclays Premier League, Rooney says the prospect of missing out on Champions League qualification had no impact on his decision to commit his future to the club.
“I know that’s what some of the press thought but it’s not a massive concern for me. This is because I know the direction the club is going in and if we don’t make it this season then we will come back stronger and claim a Champions League spot next season."
Negotiations in a deal of this magnitude understandably took a while to complete, prompting speculation in the media that Rooney could leave Old Trafford. But now pen has finally been put to paper, the Reds no.10 is delighted and grateful to all those involved.
“If you believe everything you read in the papers it’s because I have been demanding to be captain and want an input into the club’s transfer policy, which is