Manchester United have signed Kai Rooney, the 11-year-old son of Old Trafford legend Wayne, to the club’s youth academy.
Rooney senior, the interim manager at EFL Championship side Derby County, left Old Trafford in 2017 after a 13-year career at United which saw him win every major club honour and eclipse Sir Bobby Charlton as the team’s all-time record scorer, with 253 goals in 559 appearances.
And the former United and England captain revealed on social media on Thursday that Kai, his eldest son, has now signed for United’s youth set-up.
Rooney posted a picture on Instagram of Kai signing his contract at United, with the message: “Proud day. Kai signing for Manchester United. Keep up the hard work son.”
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) December 17, 2020
Kai had been linked with Manchester City‘s academy as a 10-year-old, but the youngster has now committed himself to United where he has a chance to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Rooney senior became the most expensive teenager in football history when he signed for United in a £27m transfer from boyhood club Everton in Aug 2004.
After returning to Everton in 2017, Rooney then had a spell in MLS with D.C. United before signing for Derby 12 months ago.