Wayne Rooney's DC United move 'great' for him and MLS, says David Beckham

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David Beckham believes Wayne Rooney‘s move to DC United is great for the player and Major League Soccer as a whole.

A year after returning to boyhood club Everton from Manchester United, the 32-year-old is on the move again. Rooney completed his move to DC United on Thursday, signing a three-and-a-half year deal with the MLS side.

It is a deal that Beckham, who played for LA Galaxy and is now setting up an MLS franchise in Miami, believes will be great for his former England team-mate and the league.

Beckham told MLS: “I think it’s great for Wayne. I also think it is obviously great for the league, but I think for Wayne personally.

“He’s played for one of the biggest clubs and been successful at one of the biggest clubs in the game, with Manchester United.

“I think when he moved back to Everton after United, I felt that he was going to firstly go from United and play in the US or play in China or Japan.

“But obviously he decided to go back to his boyhood club, which was great for him, it was a great occasion to spend the time he spent back at Everton.”

Beckham is excited that US football fans will get the chance to see yet another Premier League great on a regular basis.

“I think it’s the right move for him. I think it’s exciting for the fans,” he said.

“People that watch the game and understand the game in the US, you know they know who Wayne Rooney is, they know who Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) is. They know these big players.

“So to actually see them perform in their league is something that’s special.

“I think he’ll do really well. I think DC is the right club for him. I think it’s a great city, it’s a great city for him to move with his family and enjoy the time that he’s going to be there.”

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Arsenal's Jack Wilshere could be set to join Turkish giants Fenerbahce

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Jack Wilshere is set to sign for Fenerbahce after his decision to leave Arsenal, according to reports in Turkish media on Thursday.

Wilshere was told by new Arsenal boss Unai Emery that he would not be first choice at the club next season and therefore will be leaving on a free transfer.

The 26-year old would be Fenerbahce’s first major signing after Aziz Yildirim’s two-decade stint as chairman came to an end.

Wilshere was in Istanbul, according to the DHA news agency, and visited Fenerbahce’s stadium while also looking for a house.

“An agreement was found and the deal is expected to be announced in the coming days,” it said.

Fenerbahce president Ali Koc has already got in Damien Comolli, who had worked in the past with Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, as director of football and the business tycoon is looking to make the club a superpower in club football.

Phillip Cocu has been named as manager for a three-year period, after a terrific spell at PSV Eindhoven.

Cocu doesn’t have much time to prepare for what lies ahead, however, as Fenerbahce will be playing their first leg of the Champions League third qualifying round in early August.

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Newcastle United say they have no plans to sell midfielder Matt Ritchie

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Newcastle have warned they have no plans to sell winger Matt Ritchie – unless they are made an offer they cannot refuse.

The 28-year-old Scotland international has been linked with Championship clubs Stoke and Middlesbrough, as well as Premier League outfit Bournemouth, over the past few days.

However, it is understood that while there have been enquiries, no club has come anywhere near reaching a valuation which would give the Magpies cause for consideration.

Ritchie, who cost Newcastle £12million when he moved to Tyneside from Bournemouth during the summer of 2016, has been one of manager Rafael Benitez‘s most reliable performers during the last two campaigns.

He made 42 league appearances and scored 12 goals as the Magpies won the 2016/17 Championship title, and missed only three Premier League games last season, during which he scored in victories over Manchester United, Southampton and Arsenal.

Benitez is not actively looking to sell the midfielder, although he is aware that he may have to wheel and deal to amass a transfer kitty which will allow him to target the men he wants to bring in this summer.

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However, the club would only be prepared to consider a fee which would represent a significant premium on what they paid for the player and, even then, only if they had a replacement lined up.

In addition, whether Ritchie would be prepared to return to the Championship having worked so hard to prove himself in the top-flight remains to be seen.

It has proved a frustrating summer for Benitez so far with the completion of Sparta Prague keeper Martin Dubravka’s permanent move to St James’ Park the only breakthrough to date.

The Magpies are also resigned to losing Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino with Real Sociedad ready to activate a release clause in the five-year contract he signed in October last year.

Aleksandar Mitrovic, Matz Sels and Chancel Mbemba – among others – are surplus to requirements on Tyneside.

Serbia international Mitrovic’s trip to the World Cup – which drew to a close on Wednesday – has delayed progress on that front, while proposed deals for Sels and Mbemba have stalled.

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