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Rooney seals player-coach role at Derby from January

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Published on August 6, 2019 - Duration: 01:30s

Rooney seals player-coach role at Derby from January

Wayne Rooney says he is looking forward to joining Derby County as player-coach in January once his MLS season with DC United is done.

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Rooney seals player-coach role at Derby from January

SHOWS: DERBY, ENGLAND, UK (AUGUST 6, 2019) (PATV - ACCESS ALL) 1.

DC UNITED'S, WAYNE ROONEY, AND DERBY COUNTY MANAGER, PHILLIP COCU, SHAKING HANDS AT START OF NEWS CONFERENCE 2.

ROONEY 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) WAYNE ROONEY, SAYING: "That's football, it's what I've done my whole life.

It's what I love.

And until my body says that 'you can't do it no more', then I'll keep doing it." 4.

WHITE FLASH 5.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) WAYNE ROONEY, SAYING: "The opportunity to come back to England and play but also to take up a coaching role with the club and work under Phillip (Cocu) was too great for me to turn down.

So, I'm delighted to be back here." 6.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) WAYNE ROONEY, SAYING: "I made the decision to come here and then that was it, I wasn't going to go back on my decision.

So, over the last week we've obviously been trying to work out a deal with DC (United) which obviously allowed me to go back there and play also.

And then we got to that decision and here we are today.

So, I think, as I said before, the opportunity to work with Phillip and his staff and then come here.

And not only that, I think Derby is a club with great ambitions.

I think you've seen over the last few years they're putting a lot of money into the club.

They're trying to that next step to get into the Premier League and I felt like it was a place where I could come in and use my experience and try to help them achieve their goals." STORY: Wayne Rooney is determined to push his body to the limit to meet the demands of the English Championship after signing a deal to join Derby County from MLS side DC United as player-coach in January, the former England captain said on Tuesday (August 6).

In a major coup for the second-tier club, Derby said the 33-year-old had signed an initial 18-month contract with the option of another year and would also work as a coach with the first team and academy as he chases his dream of becoming a manager.

Rooney, an admirer of Dutchman Louis van Gaal's coaching methods as manager at Old Trafford, said he could not resist the opportunity to have a similar learning experience under Derby boss Phillip Cocu, who also hails from the Netherlands.

Rooney, record scorer for his country and Manchester United, is the latest member of the so-called "Golden Generation" of England players to take their first steps towards management.

He will be following in the footsteps of the likes of Derby's former boss Frank Lampard and Rangers manager Steven Gerrard.

Lampard has since taken over at his old club Chelsea, having guided Derby to the playoff final last season.

Rooney, who had two years left on his contract at DC United, said he was fully focused on giving his all for the club in the remainder of the season and hoped to deliver an MLS Cup.

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