Brown seals United deal

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Wes Brown has finally agreed a new contract with Manchester United, and is now tied to the club until the summer of 2008.

The defender risked the wrath of manager Sir Alex Ferguson by rejecting the club's initial offer, but it appears that a compromise has been reached.

With his previous contract ending in the summer, Brown's future at Old Trafford looked anything but certain when Ferguson suggested that talks would not be resumed over a new deal.

Ferguson was unhappy with Brown's agents for their demands but, after talking to the defender, decided to allow new discussions.

Brown featured in United's impressive 4-1 win against Sparta Prague on Wednesday, and is keen to get his career back on track.

The combative defender was forcing his way into international contention with England when a serious knee injury kept him out of the game for several months.

His return has been patchy, but despite interest from Blackburn, Brown will now battle to become a regular starter for The Red Devils.

Ferguson was delighted that Brown had pledged his future to the club.

"We are all delighted by the news. Over the last few weeks there has been a great deal of uncertainty and that has been a worry.

"I have known Wes since he was 13 years old and have watched and seen him grow into a splendid young man.

"I couldn't bare to lose him, I didn't want to lose him. I am thrilled that Wes has decided to commit his future here and I hope that he will enjoy his career at Manchester United."