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Rooney reveals why he accepted a Championship challenge

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Former Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney has agreed to an 18-month contract with Championship side Derby County.

Big news shook the world of football today, as Wayne Rooney is set to return to England to play with Championship side Derby County.

The still-DC United footballer will have a player/coach role at his new club.

“The opportunity to come back to England and play, but also to take up a coaching role with the club and work under (Derby boss) Phillip (Cocu) was too great for me to turn down,” he told talkSPORT.

“I’m delighted to be back there and I’m looking forward to being back in January to help the team try and push forward and push for promotion.”

“Firstly I’m a player,” he said.

“I feel I’ve got a lot of quality I can bring to the squad.”

“First and foremost I’m coming to play and to help the team, and second I want to learn off Phillip and his staff, to gain experience for when I do stop playing and go on to that next step,” he commented.

“I think it’s great to see them going into management but it’s not just about what they’re doing now.”

“This is something I always had as an ambition to do. It’s great these young English managers are getting opportunities,” he continued.

“Over the last 15 or 20 years, we’ve not seen so many great ex-England players coming through so it’s great to see them doing that.”

“It’s something I always wanted to do when the time is right so hopefully it’s something I can move into,” Rooney concluded.