Everton tie up Rooney contract

Last updated : 17 January 2003 By Austin Rathe
Despite approaches from Real Madrid and Inter Milan, Everton completed the deal today.

Rooney said: 'I'm delighted. It's a dream come true really - it means a lot, and I can't explain it.'

Everton also extended the contract of Tony Hibbert, both players are now with the club until at least 2006. The three and a half year deal for Rooney is the longest he is permitted to sign at his age.