Wayne Rooney today confirmed a sensational return to England after little over a year in the USA – but he may not have anywhere to live.
The sprawling 20million Cheshire mansion that he and Colleen have been having built for two and a half years – which has been compared in comments online to large branch of supermarket Morrisons – is still incomplete.
Builders, cranes, skips and building materials were photographed on site today, as the Rooneys prepare to return to the Northwest from their current home in Washington, DC.
Rooney, who admitted his family’s situation was key to the decision to cut short his American adventure, will see out the MLS season with DC United before heading to Pride Park.
He will arrive in a player-coach capacity on an 18-month deal with an option for a further year.
His family are believed to have been increasingly unsettled in the US and the striker acknowledged that personal reasons had contributed to the sudden switch.
His new role as player/coach at Derby Country will require a two-and-a-half-hour round trip between the ground and his new home, and wife and four children.
Today the six-bedroom mansion Wayne and Colleen have been having built since 2017 was still surrounded by cranes and workmen
Building suppliers continue to litter the Cheshire site which will be a 75 minute drive to the Derby ground (pictured, an outbuilding at the property)
The lavish home is said to be designed to feature its own bar, snooker room, cinema and indoor swimming pool
Scaffolding was removed from the six-bedroom home earlier this year, but finishing touches are still being made on the property’s numerous interior spaces and two outbuildings.
Wayne and Coleen planned to move house for months after the family were left shaken when burglars broke into their home in August 2017.
Previous images of the 40-acre site, taken in May, showed builders working on the roof, with all three floors of the sprawling property erected but a long way from completion.
The vast landscape was first pictured during snowfall in December 2017, but showed the construction on the ground floor was well under way.
The lavish home is said to be designed to feature its own bar, snooker room, cinema and indoor swimming pool.
It will have six bedrooms, all with en-suites, big enough to accommodate their four sons, Kai, Klay, Kit and Cass.
The mega-mansion is also believed to house a spa with a plunge pool, a six car garage and an orangery and a stable where they will be able to keep up to 15 horses.
Social media users claimed the new mansion looked a bit like a supermarket, with other users saying it looked like a Tesco or even a Travelodge
A number of people on social media have compared the new Rooney home to a supermarket. Pictured is a Morrisons in Sunderland
Wayne and Colleen Rooney looking happy and relaxed in the sunshine. Wayne will be an hour and a quarter away from his wife when she is at home in their mansion and he is at the Derby Country training ground
MailOnline previously reported that a wine cellar and football pitch are also being constructed on the sprawling pile.
Guests will be able to opt for ‘his’ or ‘hers’ changing rooms, and after a dip they can pop outside to the extensive patio and landscaped gardens.
When completed, the property will have two floors as well as a subterranean basement, which will be home to the steam room, hot-tub, gym, cinema room with ten seats, wine cellar and snooker room with bar.
But social media users have compared the Rooney family’s lavish new abode – which is believed to have its own cinema room and a swimming pool – to a Morrisons or Tesco.
One person wrote online: ‘Looks like my local Morrisons supermarket. £20million for that?’
Another said: ‘Surely that is a new Tesco build…?’ while another replied ‘More of a Morrisons I’d say’.
Others even compared it to a Travelodge hotel.
Wayne, Coleen and their children currently split their time between the UK and US, where the 33-year-old plays for DC United in Washington D.C.
This morning it was announced that Derby County had completed the sensational signing of Wayne Rooney on an 18-month contract from DC United, with the former England captain joining the club in January 2020.
Rooney will arrive in a player-coach capacity on an 18-month deal with an option for a further year and brings an end to his time in Major League Soccer following his June 2018 move.
Derby have signed a new club record sponsorship deal with gambling firm and current shirt sponsors 32Red off the back of Rooney joining. Rooney will wear the No 32 shirt, with the cost being supported by club sponsors.
Rooney arrived back in England on Tuesday to complete his move to join Derby
Rooney arrived early on Tuesday morning ahead of his astonishing return to English football
Rooney said: ‘I 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. I am sure I can make a big contribution and can’t wait to meet everyone, especially the supporters.
‘I am equally excited to begin my coaching career at Derby County working with both the first team and academy.’
The deal to bring Rooney to Derby is believed to include wages of £100,000 a week.
‘The commercial opportunities this creates are widespread and significant,’ Derby chairman Mel Morris said.
‘On the back of Wayne joining the club, we have just been offered a record-breaking sponsorship deal with our principal shirt sponsor, 32Red.
‘We are keen to leverage Wayne’s involvement and the support of 32Red with our community initiatives.’
Rooney (right) smiles for a picture with a fan en route to Derby on Monday
Coleen Rooney was spotted at Peppa Pig world just hours after touching down in the UK today. The mother of four was spotted queuing up for the Grammy Rabbits Sailing Club Ride with kids Klay, 6, Kit, 3, and 17-month-old Cass
The 33-year-old Rooney was pictured at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday morning as he arrived back from the United States.
West Brom were looking to hijack Derby’s move for Rooney but the former Manchester United man had agreed to join the set-up under Phillip Cocu.
Cocu said: ‘Wayne Rooney is an extremely talented and top-class footballer. 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.’
Rooney has been a huge hit in MLS since joining DC United from Everton last summer.
He has 23 goals and 14 assists in 43 appearances for DC, leading the club from the bottom of the Eastern Conference to the play-offs last year.
Rooney added: ‘I remain fully focused on giving my all for the team for the rest of this season and repaying the support shown by the Black-and-Red faithful by hopefully delivering an MLS Cup to Audi Field.’
Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, D.C. United co-chairmen, said: ‘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.
‘Wayne is an exceptional leader and one of the most iconic players to play the game, so we look forward to his continued contributions to the team this season.’
Rooney was allowed leave to return to England on holiday recently for ‘a mental and physical break’ by coach Ben Olsen.