Wayne Rooney: Derby County chairman Mel Morris 'confident' of deal for ex-England captain

Wayne Rooney takes a shot during a DC United match
Wayne Rooney has scored 11 goals for DC United in Major League Soccer this season

Derby County chairman Mel Morris is "confident" DC United's Wayne Rooney will join the club as player-coach.

Former England captain Rooney has flown from the United States to London for talks with the Championship club.

The deal is expected to be confirmed on Tuesday afternoon and the 33-year-old would join the club in January, after DC United's 2019 season concludes.

"It's never done until it's done," Morris told Talksport on Tuesday. "It's been a couple of days in the offing."

The former Manchester United forward has more than two seasons left on his deal with the Major League Soccer side.

Morris feels Rooney could provide the impetus required to get the Rams, who lost to Aston Villa in last season's play-off final, back into the Premier League.

The former Everton player is contracted to DC United until the end of the 2021 season but has made no secret of his desire to go into coaching.

"I'm confident this is something we will get sorted out," said Morris.

"The starting point was that we understood Wayne was keen to return to the United Kingdom. We had a look and decided to see if we could actually do something on the back of that.

"The key thing was conversation he had with [Derby manager] Phillip Cocu."

Derby appointed Rooney's former England team-mate Frank Lampard as their manager last season, although he has since moved on to Chelsea.

Speaking about his managerial aspirations at last week's MLS All-Stars match, Rooney said: "It's something which I want to stay involved in; [my coaching badges] are going well.

"I'm obviously still a player and I want to continue to play. When the time is right I can go into coaching or management."

Asked about the Rooney rumours after Monday's opening 2-1 Championship win at Huddersfield Town, Cocu told BBC Radio Derby: "I can't say anything about that.

"We're working hard to complete the team and we always try to find the best player in a certain position.

"In the world of football, we cannot speak before it is signed."

DC United are back in action on Sunday when they host LA Galaxy.


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