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Rooney 'trusted agent'.

WAYNE ROONEY told a court yesterday that his agent had helped make him a "very wealthy young man".

The Manchester United and England striker, being sued for pounds 4.3million in a dispute over contracts, confirmed he trusted Paul Stretford and was grateful to him.

Stretford signed up Rooney in 2002 when the footballer was 17, the court has heard.

Founder and director of sports management firm Proactive, Stretford arranged multi-millionpound deals with firms including Nike and Coca-Cola for Rooney.

He also acted for Rooney's wife Coleen, whose celebrity career took off as the player established himself as an England regular.

Under the deals, Proactive were due to be paid a 20 per cent commission.

But since Stretford - who was found guilty of misconduct and banned from the FA - left the firm in October 2008, no further payments have been made.

Proactive's lawyers claim that, under the contract Stretford signed with the Rooneys, Proactive are still due the payments - now totalling at least pounds 4.3million.

The case, at Manchester Mercantile Court, continues.

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