Former Manchester United forward, Wayne Rooney, said multiple clubs were interested in the signature of his son, Kai Wayne, but the youngster decided to join Manchester United’s academy.
Kai Wayne was one of the biggest news content that broke this week when pictures surfaced on the internet showing that the 11-year-old English footballer has followed his father’s footsteps by signing for Manchester United’s football academy.
The youngster signed the contract papers on Thursday, December 17, in the presence of his father, Wayne Rooney, and mother, Coleen Rooney.
His mother who was filled with joy that her 11-year-old son has commenced his football journey where her husband had a very illustrious football career, took to her Instagram page to share a picture showing when Kai was signing the deal.
In the caption, she wrote: “Special night….. congratulations Kai. I love you and I am so proud of you. Keep trying your best.”
On Friday, December 18, when Wayne Rooney who is now the interim football manager of Championship side, Derby County, was asked to comment on his son’s deal with Manchester United, the club’s all-time highest goalscorer said the deal made him a “proud dad”.
“Yeah, I’m a proud dad. He’s been working hard, he came over to the States with us to continue with his football,” he said.
“He went on trial with Manchester United and he’s impressed the coaches. He signed his forms yesterday so I’m delighted for him…
“He did have other options, other clubs to go to but he decided he wants to sign for Manchester United, so it was his decision and not mine.”
Kai Wayne has been given the number 10 jersey which his father shone with for 13-years at Manchester United. The 11-year-old is expected to follow in the footsteps of Rooney by breaking and setting records at the club.
Recall that before Wayne Rooney left Manchester United in 2017 to join Everton, he scored a whopping 253 goals for Manchester United in 559 games in all competitions to become the club’s all-time highest goalscorer ahead of the club’s most adored legend Bobby Charlton.
Kai Wayne who is Wayne Rooney’s firstborn out of four sons could be groomed to be a playmaker like his father since he has been given his father’s squad number in United’s youth system. However, it will be left to see whether the boy who was born on November 2, 2009, would not be overwhelmed by the history of his father at Old Trafford.