Wayne Rooney set to finalise Derby move after landing in England

Wayne Rooney set to finalise Derby move after landing in England

Wayne Rooney set to finalise Derby move after landing in England

Rooney had spoken of his desire to get into coaching when he retires, speaking In November to United's official website, he said: "Yeah, it is something I am passionate about and I want to do".

He is under contract at MLS side DC United until the end of the 2021 season but reports suggest his wife Coleen is homesick and has returned to Britain with their children.

"There's already offers which have been made, but at the minute I'm still a player and I want to enjoy playing, and then I'll see which offers are right when I do finish", he was recently quoted saying.

On the move, Rooney said: "I am very excited about the opportunity that Derby County have provided me with".

Few big-name players in the twilight of their careers have adapted as well and as enthusiastically to Major League Soccer as has Wayne Rooney, but it may have been too good to be true. The former Manchester United striker was rumoured to be close to a move back to England and Derby have made the move official now.

Wayne Rooney will be wearing the unusual No.32 shirt at Derby County when he joins up in January in a decision that has been heavily criticised.

The Man Utd legend also expressed his excitement at working with Derby manager Phillip Cocu, as he takes his first steps into coaching.

Following a glittering career for club and country, Rooney left England in 2018 to join US-based club DC United. When he arrived in D.C. last season, United were last in the Eastern Conference, but they finished the season with 12 wins in their last 19 games under his stewardship, finishing in fourth place and securing a spot in the playoffs.

Derby boss Cocu added: "His credentials speak for themselves". He knows what it takes to succeed as a player and I have no doubt he will have a positive impact right across the club. "It is entirely in keeping with, and in support of, the club's philosophy and approach".

Premier League side Burnley and second-tier West Brom have also reportedly declared an interest in Rooney, who is the record goalscorer for England and United.

He returned for the subsequent game in Chicago and reported to Orlando for the MLS All-Star Game, where he not only started against Atletico Madrid but was one of three all-stars to participate in a skills challenge a day earlier.

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