Rooney a big admirer at derby county

Wayne Rooney has landed in England as he prepares to finalize a sensational move to derby.

Rooney a big admirer at derby county

The former England captain arrived at Heathrow on Tuesday morning and has made his way up to the Midlands to finish a deal to become a player-coach at the Championship club.

Rooney has 2 years left on his contract at DC United after spending simply over a year in major league soccer.

The 33-year-old has spoken in public of his need to pursue a career in management once he retires as a player, and Sky Sports understands he sees derby as a perfect chance to learn the ropes while also prolonging his playing career.

Rooney was a big admirer of Louis van Gaal's coaching strategies when he was at Manchester United, and he has been convinced that Derby's current boss, Phillip Cocu, has a similar approach to his countryman.

He sees this role as a perfect chance to achieve some coaching job experience, while also returning home to England to be nearer his wider family.

Speaking to Jim White on TalkSPORT, derby owner Mel Morris insisted Cocu is as excited as he's about the prospect of Rooney coming to Pride Park.

"It's only literally been a couple of days in the offing [and] the starting point was that Wayne was keen to come to the united kingdom," Morris said.

"And of course we had a look at that situation and decided we could do something off the back of that. i think the key thing was the conversation he had with Phillip Cocu which was completely crucial i believe to the interest that Wayne had.

"It's never done till it's done, however we are obviously centered and very keen to get this over the line. I'm assured this is something that we'll get sorted out, but ultimately it's never done till it's done.

"From my aspect of it, why would you not want someone with his background? His playing career has been extraordinary.

"He's demonstrated his leadership qualities over in America. who wouldn't want this opportunity? and i will guarantee you Phillip Cocu is as excited as i'm regarding it."

If negotiations go well, he could be confirmed as a derby player and coach later on Tuesday. The Championship transfer window closes at the same time as the Premier League's on Thursday at 5pm.

DC United have already lined up Rooney's replacement. A £2m fee has been in agreement with Chinese club Shenzhen for Norway striker ola Kamara, who would take Rooney's "Designated Player" slot.

Kamara, who has played for Columbus Crew and LA Galaxy, was in the crowd for DC United's 5-1 defeat to Philadelphia at the weekend.



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Wayne Rooney has landed in England as he prepares to finalize a sensational move to derby.
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