Rooney Says Sorry to United Fans

Wayne Rooney has apologized to Manchester United fans following the controveries that hounded his contract negotiations in October, saying that he was glad he stayed in Old Trafford.

In a message posted on the official United website, Rooney said he was sorry to the fans. “I apologize (to the fans) for my side of things,” he said. Rooney also said that he was “delighted” that he renewed his contract. “We’ve seen many players leave the club and not do so well, so I am delighted I have stayed.”

Rooney shocked Manchester United fans back in October when it was revealed that his agent had told the club that the striker was planning to leave Old Trafford. Rooney was quoted as saying that United’s lack of ambition compelled him to study the option of leaving the club once his present contract expires at the end of next season. United manager Alex Ferguson had said that Rooney’s pronouncments “disappointed” him.

The 25-year-old striker eventually changed his mind and signed a contract extension that runs through the 2015 season after meeting with Ferguson and club CEO David Gill.