|Wayne Rooney has decided to stay with Manchester United on Friday. (REUTERS/Eddie Keogh)
MANCHESTER, England -- Wayne Rooney is staying with Manchester United after all, agreeing to a five-year contract through June 2015.
Rooney was under contract through the end of next season and club manager Sir Alex Ferguson had said earlier this week that the English star had requested to leave the Premier League team.
That all changed Friday.
"It's been a difficult week, but the intensity of the coverage is what we expect at Manchester United," said Ferguson in a statement. "I said to the boy that the door is always open and I'm delighted Wayne has agreed to stay."
Rooney, who will turn 25 on Sunday, has been with Manchester United since 2004 and helped the club to Premier League titles in 2007, 2008 and 2009. He has one goal in five matches this season, but has been slowed by an ankle injury.
"I'm delighted to sign another deal at United," Rooney said in the team's statement. "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."