Ex-England striker Wayne Rooney has completed his move from Everton to DC United in the United States, in a deal believed to be worth around £10 million.
The former Manchester United striker leaves Merseyside midway through his two-year contract with the Toffees after a compensation package was agreed between the two clubs.
According to the BBC, Rooney will become the highest paid player in DC united’s entire history and the latest in a growing line of high profile English footballers moving to the MLS in the twilight of their careers.
David Beckham began the trend with his move to LA Galaxy 11 years ago and Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and now Rooney have all followed suit in the years in between.Embed from Getty Images
The 32 year old striker leaves the Premier League having scored an impressive 208 goals for both United and Everton, putting him second in the all time standings for the competition behind only Alan Shearer on 260.
Everton director of football Marcel Brands spoke earlier in the month about the possibility of Rooney leaving the club: “Of course we will talk with him and, if this is a move he wants to make and is the next step in his career, then I can only hope he will return when he is finished there because I think he still is a legend in this club.”
Rooney has enjoyed an illustrious career in England, becoming the record goalscorer for his national side and for Manchester United. He also won 5 league titles, 1 Champions League and 1 FA Cup during his time at Old Trafford and is considered by many to be one of the best footballers England has ever produced.
The scouse forward released a statement earlier today following his move to America: “It is fantastic to be joining D.C. United at such an exciting time in the club’s history with the new stadium opening in just a few weeks,”
“Moving to America and MLS fulfils another career ambition for me. I have the hunger to be a success here and will give D.C. 100 percent — as I have always done for every team I have ever played for.”
Rooney’s debut in the MLS will likely be on July 14 for the unveiling of the clubs new stadium, when DC United will take on the Vancouver Whitecaps.