Wayne Rooney has agreed to leave MLS franchise D.C. United for English Championship club Derby County for a player-coach role. | Photo by Darren STAPLES / AFP
Wayne Rooney has agreed to leave MLS franchise D.C. United for English Championship club Derby County. England’s record goalscorer is expected to take up a player-coach role in the second tier of English football. The 33-year-old moved to the MLS in June 2018 from Premier League side Everton. He reportedly signed a two-and-a-half-year deal worth $13 million with D.C.
Rooney has already scored 25 goals in 45 appearances for the Washington franchise including this stunner vs. Orlando City. With two seasons still left in his current contract, the former Manchester United captain feels it’s time to move on. However, the move across the Atlantic will not be finalized until January 2020. Fans still have a chance to see him in action at least for the remainder of the current season.
The Washington Post reports that D.C. United will not receive any transfer fees for the deal. But the move will help clear a hefty contract off its books. Rooney released a personal statement confirming his decision, reading in part:
“I must also take this opportunity to thank D.C. 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.”
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