Wayne Rooney has agreed to a new five-year contract, keeping him with the Premier League club until June 2015, Manchester United said.
The club confirmed the news this lunchtime, ending an amazing week, which included Rooney insisting the Old Trafford outfit no longer matched his ambitions.
The extraordiary twist comes just three days after manager Sir Alex Ferguson had confirmed the striker had told him he wanted to leave Old Trafford.
Describing it as “good news”, a statement on the club’s website said the deal follows “intensive discussions”.
Sir Alex Ferguson 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.”
Rooney said: “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.
“I’m sure the fans over the last week have felt let down by what they’ve read and seen. But my position was from concern over the future.
“The fans have been brilliant with me since I arrived and it’s up to me through my performances to win them over again.”