Wayne Rooney has revealed that he chose to move to MLS club DC United thanks to the lifestyle that Washington DC offered for him and his family.
Rooney, who has four children to his wife Coleen, brought down the curtain on his illustrious career in the English Premier League earlier this week by agreeing to a move across the pond to join the MLS strugglers.
He started his career in the top flight as a 16-year-old boy, scoring that sensational goal for Everton against Arsenal back in 2002. Two years later, Sir Alex Ferguson convinced Manchester United to splash out a world record fee for a teenager at the time of £25.6 million to take him to Old Trafford.
He would go on to score 253 goals for the Red Devils, surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing record to make him the club’s all-time record scorer, before returning to boyhood club Everton last summer.
However, despite being the leading goal scorer with 10 strikes for the Toffees last season, he has now been allowed to leave the club, and he has chosen to join MLS side DC United, and speaking in his first press conference at his new club, he has revealed precisely why he chose Washington DC over other US cities:
“They’re in a difficult position at the bottom of the league but I watched the games over the last few weeks and see a lot of potential in the team,” said Rooney.
“Their young players have a lot of talent but maybe they just need that bit of guidance on the pitch, which I believe I can try and help them with. And I believe my own qualities can help the team.
“Overall it was the group of players, manager and owners which excited me. I came over a few weeks ago and had a look around the city. It’s very nice which I could see myself living in.
“There are other cities which are a bit more hectic in terms of lifestyle, like LA and New York, which I didn’t believe would suit me. I felt this was the right place to live.”