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Rooney sorry for contract saga

United striker apologises for raising future fears

Last Updated: 22/10/10 5:16pm

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Ferguson & Rooney: Contract agreed

Ferguson & Rooney: Contract agreed

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Wayne Rooney has apologised for putting Manchester United through the wringer.

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A hectic week at Old Trafford has seen a contract dispute between club and player go full circle.

On Tuesday it was revealed that Rooney had no intention of signing an extension to his existing deal and was actively looking to move on.

Intense transfer speculation followed; with it widely accepted that it was only a matter of time before the England international departed for pastures new.

However, in a dramatic U-turn, Rooney has been persuaded to stay on by the United hierarchy and signed a new five-year contract with the Red Devils on Friday.

The penning of fresh terms brings to an end any fears United supporters, and their illustrious manager, held regarding the future of their star turn.

Mistake

The matter has caused mass hysteria all round, though, and Rooney has been forced to accept that his actions were ill-advised.

As a result, he has apologised to Ferguson and his team-mates for creating a distracting side show and will say sorry to the fans once he has the opportunity to do so.

"He apologised to me this morning and to the players," the United boss told MUTV.

"I think he will do that with the fans, which is important.

"We have all been hurt by the events of the last couple of days, but I always feel it is a good quality in a person when they say they're sorry and realise that they have made a mistake. That happens, particularly with young people.

"The job now is to put it behind us, get Wayne Rooney back on that pitch and playing in the way that Wayne Rooney can play and we know he can play."

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