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Manchester United's Wayne Rooney leaves the Carrington Training ground in Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 22, 2010. England striker Wayne Rooney is staying at Manchester United after signing a new deal in a dramatic u-turn, having previously stated his desire to leave Old Trafford.

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney leaves the Carrington Training ground in Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 22, 2010. England striker Wayne Rooney is staying at Manchester United after signing a new deal in a dramatic u-turn, having previously stated his desire to leave Old Trafford.

Dave Thompson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told Wayne Rooney he was in danger of making the biggest mistake of his professional life in leaving the club

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told Wayne Rooney he was in danger of making the biggest mistake of his professional life in leaving the club

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney during a training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney during a training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

Martin Rickett

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney

Martin Rickett

Manchester United fans show their support for Wayne Rooney prior to the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester United and Bursaspor Kulubu at Old Trafford on October 20, 2010 in Manchester, England. Wayne Rooney had expressed his desire to leave Manchester United earlier in the week.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester United fans show their support for Wayne Rooney prior to the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester United and Bursaspor Kulubu at Old Trafford on October 20, 2010 in Manchester, England. Wayne Rooney had expressed his desire to leave Manchester United earlier in the week. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Alex Livesey

Wayne Rooney with manager Sir Alex Ferguson pictured in May 2010

Wayne Rooney with manager Sir Alex Ferguson pictured in May 2010

Alex Livesey

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Alex Livesey

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Alex Livesey

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Alex Livesey

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Alex Livesey

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during the press conference at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 19, 2010. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during the press conference at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 19, 2010. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.

Martin Rickett

File photo dated 19/04/2008 of Alex Ferguson and  Wayne Rooney (right) on the touchline

File photo dated 19/04/2008 of Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney (right) on the touchline

Dave Thompson

File photo dated 01/09/2004 of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (left) and new signing Wayne Rooney (right) with Joe Ruane  (c) who held a sign pleading for the club to sign Rooney

File photo dated 01/09/2004 of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (left) and new signing Wayne Rooney (right) with Joe Ruane (c) who held a sign pleading for the club to sign Rooney

Gareth Copley

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Alex Livesey

Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson

Alex Livesey

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Alex Livesey

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Alex Livesey

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during the press conference at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 19, 2010. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during the press conference at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 19, 2010. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.

Martin Rickett

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during the press conference at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 19, 2010. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during the press conference at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 19, 2010. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.

Martin Rickett

Wayne Rooney

One of the biggest winners from Wayne Rooney's new contract is Paul Stretford, the vacuum cleaner salesman turned agent who could make an estimated £3m solely for his role in getting Rooney — who, until a few months ago, saw himself as a lifelong Red — to agree an extended deal.

Nice work if you can get it: that is the most obvious, glib conclusion of the role of a man who was central to the extraordinary dramas which unfolded over the past five days.

It was Stretford, after all, who informed United's chief executive David Gill in August that Rooney “wanted away”, and Stretford who re-iterated it this week, and Stretford who drafted and released the bombshell statement — just two hours before an important Champions League game — that implied Rooney had been denied “assurances about the continued ability of the club to attract the top players in the world”.

Sir Alex Ferguson — unless he is an Oscar-standard actor — was genuinely shocked as these events unravelled, and United were forced even to bring co-owner Joel Glazer to the phone to beseech Rooney to stay.

And amid this smokescreen of fretting, Stretford was key as Rooney, after all, signed on the dotted line until 2015.

When Stretford was the guiding hand who led Rooney from Everton to United in 2004, it was reported that he was guaranteed £1m in commission, which rose to £1.5m as the striker stayed five years. Given Rooney's reported £90,000-per-week deal until yesterday, and a new five-year deal quite possibly worth twice that, or £46.8m over its full term, or £9.36m per year, Stretford's take will probably be in the region of £3m, or somewhere just over six per cent. This is by no means extravagant within the business.

Stretford's controversial relationship with Rooney started in 2002, when the 17-year-old became a client. Stretford was accused of poaching Rooney — a charge that ended up in a court case, where Stretford accused others of blackmail.

That case collapsed. Stretford won another case after taking Rooney away from the Proactive firm he had started but was charged by the FA with misconduct and banned for 18 months from the game, a sentence that was then halved on appeal.

He returned to active “agenting” for Rooney earlier this year, just in time to sort out his next contract.

Belfast Telegraph