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Wayne Rooney joins Derby County Phillip Cocu reaction, Mel Morris on record sponsorship deal and moreThe former Manchester United and Everton man has officially joined the RamsUpdated17:51, 6 AUG 2019Why Rooney has left DC UnitedDC owners Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, who also own Swansea City, revealed why Rooney has left the US capital.After speaking to Wayne and understanding his difficult situation of being so far away from his family, we have accepted that this is the best decision for all parties.(Image: Roland Leon/Daily Mirror)Rooney reacts to joining the RamsI am very excited about the opportunity that Derby County have provided me with. I am looking forward to joining Phillip Cocu, his coaching staff and the first team squad from the start of January. It is an exciting prospect for him to be joining Derby County and he can bring so much to this squad, both on and off the pitch. He has enjoyed a wonderful career, both in club football and for England, and he still has so much to give as well. His credentials speak for themselves. But to have a player with his leadership, skill, experience, character and work ethic will be huge for us. He knows what it takes to succeed as a player and I have no doubt he will have a positive impact right across the club. The inspiration and motivation this can generate is massive for all of our players from the first team right through to the youngsters in the Academy. It is entirely in keeping with, and in support of, the club philosophy and approach.