Former England captain and Manchester United star, Wayne Rooney has signed an 18-month contract with the English Football League Championship club Derby County. He will start this new journey in January 2020 where he will play the dual role player-coach.
The 33-year-old forward Wayne Rooney is currently playing for the Major League Soccer (MLS) side D.C. United. He joined with this team in late June 2018 where he signed a three-and-a-half-year deal. However, the Englishman has now decided to return his country in the early next year.
Rooney has already featured in 46 matches for D.C. United, where he has scored 25 times and assisted 13 times.
After showing some great potential at the teenage for the Premier League club Everton, Rooney joined Manchester United in 2004 summer.
With the time progress, Rooney became the fan favourites of the Red Devils. He is the Manchester United’s all-time leading goal-scorer who scored 253 goals for the club in 559 appearances. Moreover, during that long tenure, Rooney also assisted 146 times.
In 2017 summer, Rooney returned to his old club Everton and served one full season before taking the MLS challenge.
Rooney has already revealed his desire to take the managerial role in future. He is a big fan of the famous Dutch manager Louis van Gaal’s coaching tactics.
Now, he will start his coaching career from January 2020. Dutch manager Phillip Cocu has recently taken charge of the Derby County after the previous manager Frank Lampard moved to the Chelsea managerial. In less than six months, Rooney will join in Cocu’s coaching team.
Rooney will also be available as a player for this side.
I am looking forward to joining Phillip Cocu – Wayne Rooney
The former English captain is very excited to begin his new journey soon. He expressed his excitement on the Derby County’s official website.
Rooney said, “I am very excited about the opportunity that Derby County have provided me with.
“I am looking forward to joining Phillip Cocu, his coaching staff and the first-team squad from the start of January. I am sure I can make a big contribution and can’t wait to meet everyone, especially the supporters.”
Talking about his coaching career, Rooney added, “I am equally excited to begin my coaching career at Derby County working with both the first team and Academy.”
Wayne Rooney also thanked his present MLS club D.C. United.
He said, “I must also take this opportunity to thank DC United, their owners, executives and supporters who have been superb to work with. I want them to know that I will give my all in support of our push for the play-offs.”
Phillip Cocu praised the upcoming coaching staff
On the other hand, the Derby County manager Phillip Cocu also praised Rooney. Cocu believes that Rooney still can give many things.
He claimed, “Wayne Rooney is an extremely talented and top-class footballer. It is an exciting prospect for him to be joining Derby County and he can bring so much to this squad, both on and off the pitch. He has enjoyed a wonderful career, both in club football and for England, and he still has so much to give as well.”
On Monday (5th August), Derby County has begun their new EFL Championship season with a 2-1 away victory against the recently Premier League relegated side Huddersfield Town.