Wayne Rooney Close To Making Shock Move To Derby County As Player-Coach
Former Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney is close to returning to English football as the English man is on the verge of joining Championship side, Derby County.
According to club owner, Mel Morris, Derby County is confident they can land the ex-Manchester United captain.
Wayne Rooney, 33, is reportedly seriously considering a move to England and the former United player is now set to make it a reality in what is expected to be a player-coach role in support of Rams boss Phillip Cocu.
According to emerging reports the former United player could see out his time at DC United before moving to Pride Park in January.
“It’s only literally been a couple of days. I suppose the starting point was we understood Wayne was keen to return to the UK and of course we had a look at the situation and decided to see if we could actually do something on the back of that,” owner Morris told talkSPORT.
“The key thing for me is the conversation he had with Phillip Cocu, which was absolutely critical to the interest that Wayne has.
“It’s never done until it’s done but we’re obviously focused and very keen to get it over the line this morning [Tuesday].
“I’m sure once people hear news of this – obviously it broke last night which I suppose is unfortunate – you’re going to get interest. I’m confident it will get sorted out but ultimately, it’s never done until it’s done. We’ll see how we go.”
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Wayne Rooney moved to the MLS club in the summer of 2018 following spending just one term at his boyhood club, Everton, whom he left for Old Trafford some 10 years before.
Morris said he was interested in a player with such background as Rooney’s and suggested that the most capped English outfield player who has wielded his leadership qualities in the United States was a great addition to the team, a pleasant addition Philip Cocu would be glad about.