Former Manchester United star, Wayne Rooney will join Philip Cocu's backroom staff at Derby County after agreeing to a player-coach role.
The deal that would see the ex-England international move back to his homeland in January 2020 was agreed on Tuesday after the player flew into the UK to finalized the deal.
Rooney will leave his present club DC United at the end of the current MLS season before linking up with Phillip Cocu and his Derby teammates in January.
The 33-year-old signed an 18-month contract with the Championship side, which has the option of an additional year.
“I am very excited about the opportunity that Derby County have provided me with," the Manchester United all-time top scorer said after the announcement was made.
“I am looking forward to joining Phillip Cocu, his coaching staff, and the first-team squad from the start of January. I am sure I can make a big contribution and can’t wait to meet everyone, especially the supporters.
“I am equally excited to begin my coaching career at Derby County working with both the first team and Academy.
“I must also take this opportunity to thank DC United, their owners, executives and supporters who have been superb to work with. I want them to know that I will give my all in support of our push for the play-offs.”
Rooney has been in spectacular form for DC United since joining the MLS side from Everton last summer, scoring 25 times and in 45 games.