Wayne Rooney Rules out Premier League Return, Targets Retirement with DC United

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 14, 2018

England's striker Wayne Rooney attends a press conference during a media day at St George's Park in Burton-on-Trent, central England on November 13, 2018, ahead of their international friendly football match against the USA on November 15. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Wayne Rooney has ruled out the possibility of returning to the Premier League on loan during MLS' offseason and stated his intention to retire with DC United. 

DC United won't be back in action until MLS' 2019 season starts in next March, but Rooney will not be returning to England in the meantime.

Per the Evening Standard, he said:

"I've seen talk of a loan back here and I'm not prepared to do that. With my family, it wouldn't be fair to come back and forward.

"I made the decision to obviously go to the States. When I make a decision, I tend to stick to it. It's important that I give my full commitment to DC. I will finish my career there."

Sky Sports Premier League shared Rooney's comments at a press conference:

Sky Sports Premier League @SkySportsPL

"I am not prepared to do that. I will finish my career in America" Wayne Rooney will not be returning to the Premier League... More: https://t.co/VzenyWbGpF https://t.co/Lzu88QCPPj

Rooney spoke ahead of a farewell appearance for the England national team in Thursday's friendly against the United States.

His comments echoed those he has previously made on the matter:


“I’m committed to DC.” Wayne Rooney tells @ESPNFC he will not join another club on loan in the MLS off-season. https://t.co/DD0gOI6HXr

The 33-year-old joined DC United in the summer, a year after swapping Manchester United for boyhood club Everton.

He enjoyed a remarkable renaissance in MLS, racking up 12 goals and six assists in 21 appearances for his new side.

Here's one of his most impressive highlights:

Soccer AM @SoccerAM

Chases back 🏃 Slide tackles opponent 🚫 Pings a long-range pass 💫 Assists the winning goal 🙌 Happy 33rd Birthday, Wayne Rooney! 🎉 https://t.co/ZPzq4xyYqs

Rooney's superb form had a transformative effect on DC's fortunes. The side had won just two of their 14 matches before he arrived, but they triumphed in 12 of the 21 matches in which he appeared.

Despite arriving midway through the season, his efforts earned him a nomination for MLS' MVP award.

Opting against a return looks to be a wise decision, though. Rooney's ability to impact Premier League matches in a positive way had been declining before he left.

By resting he should be fresh for the start of next season with DC. If he has a full season with them playing anything like as well as he did this year, they'll reap the rewards of that.