Important: Wayne Rooney has reportedly included a special 'Coleen release clause' in his new $1million contract with DC United

Wayne Rooney includes ‘Coleen release clause’ in his new contract with DC United as his family decide to stay in the UK after he accepted a $1m-a-year deal to return as head coach

  • The England legend, 36, who played for the club in 2018 and 2019, scoring 25 goals in 52 matches, was unveiled as head coach earlier in the week
  • Wayne has jetted off to America to sign his new contract and settle into Washington without his family
  • A source told The Mirror:  ‘His contract lets him speak to Premier League clubs if there’s a job going’
  • The ex-Man United ace quit Championship Derby last month to spend more time with his family

Wayne Rooney has reportedly included a special ‘Coleen release clause’ in his new $1million contract with DC United.

The England legend, 36, who played for the club in 2018 and 2019, scoring 25 goals in 52 matches, was unveiled as head coach earlier in the week. 

The footballer, who jetted off to America to sign the contract, has persuaded bosses to let him go back home if a Premier League job arises – in order to be back with his family.

Important: Wayne Rooney has reportedly included a special ‘Coleen release clause’ in his new $1million contract with DC United

A source told The Mirror: ‘Wayne planned summer with the family after leaving Derby County. He didn’t expect to be offered a job so soon.

‘His contract lets him speak to Premier League clubs if there’s a job going. I think he’ll only return if it’s a big club, but being home with Coleen and the boys would be a big factor for him.’

MailOnline has contacted Wayne Rooney’s representatives for comment.  

Rooney travelled alone, without wife Coleen who struggled to settle in Washington when he was a player there. 

Comeback: The England legend, 36, who played for the club in 2018 and 2019, scoring 25 goals in 52 matches, was unveiled as head coach earlier in the week

Close: The footballer, who jetted off to America to sign the contract, has persuaded bosses to let him go back home if a Premier League job arises – in order to be back with his family

It emerged during the Wagatha Christie feud earlier this year that she described the city as ‘not the best’ and ‘quite behind the UK’ in texts to Rebekah Vardy back in 2018.

‘Nice to visit but different to live (in),’ was her verdict on America’s historic cradle of democracy.

Back when he played for the club Coleen and their four – Kai, 12, Klay, nine, Kit, six, and four-year-old Cass – went with him, but this time they are staying in the UK.

The former England captain touched down at Dulles Airport in Washington on Sunday night as he prepares to finalise his deal to take charge of the MLS club

The family currently reside in their £20 million purpose-built mansion in Cheshire.

The ex-Man United ace quit Championship Derby last month to spend more time with his family.

But for Wayne this is a good chance for a reset in his fledgling coaching career after the many stresses and strains of the Derby job.

After announcing his return to Washington, Wayne said: ‘When my agent called me and said DC had come in, I spoke to my wife first and she said this is an opportunity to go back as coach and I am ready for that.

‘Had she said, ‘I don’t want you to go there’, that would have been different. I am in a different place as a human being than I was four years ago when I was in Washington and I am ready.

‘Of course any major decisions I make are with my wife. My family, for the time being, will stay in England and come and visit. It’s not an issue from a family point of view.’

 A source told The Mirror: ‘His contract lets him speak to Premier League clubs if there’s a job going. I think he’ll only return if it’s a big club, but being home with Coleen and the boys would be a big factor for him.’

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By Jon Doe