DERBY, England (AP) — Wayne Rooney might be leaving Main League Soccer after lower than two seasons to return to play in England and be nearer to his household.
The 33-year-old former England captain will stay at DC United till the tip of the season earlier than becoming a member of second-tier Championship crew Derby County as player-coach from January.
Rooney has signed an 18-month contract that may be prolonged till the tip of the 2021-22 season.
“I’m very excited concerning the alternative that Derby County have offered me with,” Rooney stated. “I’m certain I could make a giant contribution and might’t wait to fulfill everybody, particularly the supporters. I’m equally excited to start my teaching profession at Derby County working with each the primary crew and academy.”
Rooney, who’s the document purpose scorer for Manchester United and England, had one other two years remaining on the contract he signed with DC United after becoming a member of from Everton in 2018.
“After talking to Wayne and understanding his troublesome scenario of being so far-off from his household, we now have accepted that that is one of the best determination for all events,” stated DC United co-chairmen Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien. “Wayne is an distinctive chief and one of the iconic gamers to play the sport, so we look ahead to his continued contributions to the crew this season.”
The Washington-based crew stays in competition for the MLS playoffs, so the striker’s keep in america might finish in November.
“I need to additionally take this chance to thank DC United, their homeowners, executives and supporters who’ve been excellent to work with,” Rooney stated. “I would like them to know that I’ll give my all in help of our push for the playoffs.”
Derby has been out of the Premier League since 2008 and misplaced a playoff closing in Might to return to the highest division. Rooney’s former England teammate, Frank Lampard, was accountable for Derby final season earlier than transferring to handle Chelsea.
“Wayne Rooney is a particularly proficient and top-class footballer,” stated Phillip Cocu, who succeeded Lampard as Derby supervisor. “He has loved a beautiful profession, each in membership soccer and for England, and he nonetheless has a lot to offer as properly.
“His credentials communicate for themselves. However to have a participant together with his management, ability, expertise, character and work ethic might be big for us. He is aware of what it takes to succeed as a participant and I’ve little question he can have a optimistic affect proper throughout the membership. The inspiration and motivation this will generate is huge for all of our gamers from the primary crew proper by means of to the kids within the Academy. It’s totally in line with, and in help of, the membership’s philosophy and method.”
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