Ex-England captain Wayne Rooney states his transfer to Derby County is not “almost getting back”, and he intends to keep betting as long as possible.
The 33- year-old forward will join the Championship side from Washington-based DC United in January as a player-coach.
” The chance to come back here and play and take the next transition in my profession was one element,” said Rooney, who has signed an 18- month deal.
” I will keep playing till my body states I can’t anymore. I feel good.”
Rooney still had two seasons staying on his agreement with his Major League Soccer side, who he signed up with from Everton in July 2018.
He has actually scored 23 goals in 41 league appearances during a successful period on the pitch, however there have been reports suggesting his family have not settled in the United States.
” We have actually got 4 young kids and definitely for my oldest it is an important time in his education,” said Rooney. “[But] it wasn’t practically coming home.
” I had a choice to make and the decision to come and play here in England and develop as a coach with [Derby manager] Phillip Cocu was too good to decline.
” Firstly, I’m a player and feel I have a great deal of quality to give the team. However, second of all, I wish to gain from Phillip and his staff to get experience for when I take the next action.”
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‘ I have actually constantly had ambition to handle’
Rooney’s move to Derby means he is the sixth member of England’s Euro 2004 team – after Sol Campbell, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes and John Terry – to take their first steps in training or management in the past 15 months.
His former England team-mate Lampard led Derby to the Championship play-off last as supervisor last season, before delegating end up being Chelsea manager in the summer season.
” It’s excellent to see my ex-team-mates going into management,” said Rooney. “I have actually constantly had the aspiration to do it.
” It’s fantastic they are getting a chance. We haven’t seen that many ex-England gamers going down that path over the last couple of years.
” Coaching is what I wish to do long-term but my primary focus will be on playing and learning.
” With any brand-new function you take up you desire to discover the important things to do and what not to do. In the next 18 months I will try to find out great practices.”