Gill bullish after Rooney deal

22 October 2010 05:53
Manchester United chief executive David Gill believes Wayne Rooney signing a new deal sends a determined message to the club's detractors.[LNB] The final chapter in a story which will be remembered for a long time by those who witnessed it, let alone those at the centre, came when Rooney signed a five-year contract extension with the Premier League club.[LNB]It commits Rooney to United until 2015 and makes him the highest-paid player in the club's history, with a new wage believed to be in the region of £150,000 a week.[LNB]The player had raised questions about United's ambition, with news he was looking for another club alerting Europe's big teams.[LNB]However, his U-turn prompted Gill to say: "It's a great day for the club. To those who say Manchester United cannot compete any more, we can - and we will continue to."[LNB]He added on Sky Sports News: "We are here to make sure we've got a great team and do what we do off the field by investing in the team and the facilities here.[LNB]"I fully understand that in order to have results off the pitch we need a great team on it.[LNB]"We've been challenging at the top of the table for years and intend being there for many years to come."[LNB]On Rooney, who is out for around three weeks with an ankle injury, Gill added: "By and large, everyone realises he is a great player.[LNB]"I'm convinced he'll get back to that form as soon as he's fit and back on the pitch."

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