Rooney would consider MLS move

Date published: Thursday 16th July 2015 7:09

Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard became the latest high-profile Englishmen to move to America this summer when they joined New York City and the LA Galaxy respectively.

Former Reds star David Beckham also moved Stateside in 2007 when he left Real Madrid to play in California with the Galaxy.

Given that he has four years left on his contract at Old Trafford, Rooney is not currently considering where his future lies beyond United.

But when that time comes, the 29-year-old says a move across the Atlantic will be among his considerations.

“I’m obviously concentrating on Manchester United,” Rooney said in an interview with the Seattle Times during his side’s pre-season tour.

“When that time comes, that’ll be something I’d think about. (I’ll) sit down with my wife and children and decide if it would be right for me.”

United play the first of four tour matches against Club America in Seattle and then travel to San Jose, where they face San Jose Earthquakes and Barcelona before meeting Paris Saint-Germain in Chicago.

The club’s tours of the United States in the last two seasons have enhanced their growing popularity in the country.

Scores of fans – many of them wearing Rooney’s name on the back of their shirts – have gathered outside the team hotel in Bellevue, on the outskirts of Seattle, since the squad arrived on Monday to begin their two-and-a-half week tour.

Rooney has been taken aback by the popularity of the club in the country.

“When you’re first getting into the first team, it’s not something you think about,” Rooney said. “You’re just trying to break into the team.

“The older you get, the more you start to think about it, and realize how big football is. Coming to these tours, you get to see it first hand and realize the passion and how much football can bring people together.”

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