Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney admits MLS could be in his future

Wayne Rooney

The England skipper has left the door open for an MLS move once his Old Trafford career comes to an end.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has declared that he would be open to playing in MLS in the future.

Rooney, 29, was speaking to seattlepi.com after arriving in Seattle on Monday for the start of United’s pre-season tour of America, which will see Louis van Gaal’s men take in fixtures against Club America, the San Jose Earthquakes, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain over the next two weeks.

The striker has witnessed former England teammates Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard recently make the move across the Atlantic to the LA Galaxy and New York City FC, respectively, and admits that he would be interested in a stateside career himself once his time at Old Trafford comes to an end.

“I’m sure when the time comes, it will be something which I’ll think about,” Rooney said when asked if would consider an MLS move in the future. “Obviously it’s great to see — I’m sure for the American fans — to see the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard play in their league now, two greats from the Premier League over the years.

“I’ve got no plans about coming over there at the minute, but that could change obviously in the near future when I’ve finished at United.”

It is certainly hard to see Rooney heading to the States any time soon, given he is still producing at the Premier League level, but, with his United contract expiring in 2019, the time could well come when he opts to follow in the footsteps of Gerrard, Lampard and David Beckham.

With the likes of Kaka and David Villa also calling MLS home now, he would not look at all out of place and, with the league growing at an astonishing rate of late, there could be a fair few other big-name stars making the jump before him.

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