London – Former England captain Wayne Rooney is not in a “wage war” with Championship club Derby Country as they are dealing with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their finances, his spokesperson told the media.
There have been reports in media saying the 34-year-old Rooney is leading talks on behalf of his team-mates against a proposal by a second-tier club to defer the wages of players by 50%
“Claims that Wayne is in a ‘wage war’ with his club are both misleading and unhelpful,” his spokesperson said.
“As is the case with most clubs, and in particular (in) the Championship discussions are taking place at Derby on a variety of proposals. These are being considered intentionally and discussed constructively.
“As part of these discussions it’s entirely right and proper that Wayne – a club captain and a senior player in the English game – is at the forefront.”
He also added that Rooney was acting as a conduit between the board and the players. Professional soccer in England has been on suspension since March 13 due to the coronavirus, which has infected 2.7 million people globally, killing nearly 190, 000.