Derby County manager Phillip Cocu says he was immediately on board with Wayne Rooney signing when consulted by the club prior to his deal, Voetbal International report.
Rooney agreed to sign for Derby for 18-months but will join officially in January.
A recent report in the Daily Mail claims the former Manchester United man will pocket £100,000 per week with the Rams, making him the Championship’s highest earner.
Derby asked Cocu for his opinion on Rooney joining. He told the Rams he was all for it, citing the attacker’s keen interest in all aspects of football.
I was suddenly asked what I would think if Wayne Rooney came to the club. My response was immediately: “Please”. His football qualities are beyond dispute. In addition, Wayne is a top professional on the pitch, who has increasingly begun to delve into all aspects of football. I am talking about tactics, group dynamics, physical guidance and real trainer things. It can be of great value for the development of our players.
Wayne Rooney will look to make an impact at Derby County:
Rooney has already begun training at Derby ahead of his January move.
The former England international enjoyed a recent spell in the MLS with DC United. He scored 25 goals in 52 appearances, helping the club qualify for the playoffs.
Following DC United’s playoff defeat to Toronto, Rooney was likely to take a break before beginning a strict regime at Derby to build his fitness before January.
But he has arrived at Moor Farm early and is said to be in good condition. It’s a huge boost for Derby, and the club’s younger players will benefit from his presence.
If Phillip Cocu persists with the diamond system featured in the win over Middlesbrough, Rooney could be perfect for the number 10 role behind two strikers.
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