Coleen Rooney told friends she hates America and wouldn’t be moving there with husband Wayne if he returned to Washington to work for DC United.
Now a move Stateside appears to be on the cards for former Manchester United striker Rooney, 36, following reports that he has agreed contract terms to become the Major League Soccer team’s new coach.
He was filmed arriving at Dulles Airport on Sunday night without Coleen and their four children as he closed in on a return to the dug-out at the club he played for in 2018 and 2019.
A source close to Coleen, 36, told MailOnline: ‘She’s made her views clear to Wayne. There’s no way she will want to go to Washington. The last time, she absolutely hated it there.
‘She doesn’t want to live outside the North West of England, never mind live in Washington again. The family is more settled than it’s ever been. They have four kids who are all in school and all of Coleen’s family live close to her.’
Coleen Rooney, 36, pictured here with husband Wayne, has told friends she will not move back to Washington, according to a friend
According to a source close to Coleen, the mother-of-four (pictured with Wayne and their sons Kai, Klay, Kit and Cass) hated it there when the family lived there in 2018 while her husband played for DC United
The former England captain touched down at Dulles Airport in Washington on Sunday night as he prepares to finalise his deal to take charge of the MLS club
The source added: ‘There’s no way that she’d want to give all of that up to go and live in a place she hates.’
Ironically, Rooney’s potential move comes as friends claim that he and Coleen have never been ‘more together’ particularly after the way he publicly supported her during the £3 million Wagatha Christie libel trial against Rebekah Vardy.
One said: ‘Wayne and Coleen’s relationship is the best it’s been in a long time. He supported her 100 per cent during the libel trial, turned up to court each day and stood by his wife.
‘They’ve just enjoyed a wonderful summer break with the kids, the longest they’ve had for ages, given Wayne’s football commitments in the past. As a couple and a family, they’ve never been happier and more united.’
The Washington Post reported that Rooney is close to agreeing a deal, with the ex-England forward telling reporters and fans at the airport he has a ‘few things to sort out.’
It claimed that he will receive at least $1million (£830,000) annually and will act as a consultant for DC United until he is granted a work permit, which typically takes two to three weeks.
Coleen’s dislike of the US capital emerged in leaked text messages from 2018 sent to Vardy during the Wagatha Christie libel trial.
In response to Vardy asking how things were going, the Liverpudlian replied: ‘Hiya, hope your all week [well]. We’re ok thanks its tough being on your own though.
Rooney had a successful two year spell at DC United, where he scored 25 goals in 52 games from 2018 to 2019. However, Coleen struggled to settle in the area
Following the high profile ‘Wagatha Cristie’ case, the Rooneys went on holiday to Dubai (pictured) with Coleen (pictured with her four sons) describing the break as the ‘best family holiday’
Coleen went on to say: ‘Washington isn’t the best….nice to visit but different to live. Not loads for the kids to do, mostly park, hardly any soft plays and things like that. It’s quite behind the UK, which I never would have though. But we will get used to it (I hope). ‘Wayne is loving it, and the kids are fine, settled into school straight away. So really happy they are fine. Thanks for the message love xx.’
In a separate message, she admitted that she ‘never believed in homesickness’ until leaving the UK, adding that she ‘cried every night’ due to missing her family back home.
Following the conclusion of the high-profile libel trial, the Rooneys jetted off to Dubai with Coleen posting social media pictures of the family enjoying their break in the sun.
Coleen captioned the images with the words: ‘We had the best Family holiday 2022. Dubai you were fantastic #grateful❤️.’