Manchester United football club have signed Wayne Rooney’s six-year-old son, Kai Rooney to its youth development squad.
6-year-old Kai participated in training at the club’s academy and has reportedly now joined the ranks as he seeks to follow in his father’s footsteps, alongside Michael Carrick’s child, Jacey, who is also a member of the development squad.
Young Kai is no stranger to the big stage, having acted as a mascot with his father at matches including the 2014 Euro qualifier against Slovenia at Wembley and in 2015 at Old Trafford against Tottenham.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 03: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United with his son Kai Rooney with Dad 10 on the back of his shirt during the Wayne Rooney Testimonial match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on August 3, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)
A source told The Sun:
“Wayne and Michael really get into it when they bring their boys down. The kids seem to love it and have been coming down regularly in the week to train with the young development squad.
“It’s a bit funny because both their dads aren’t playing as much any more but these guys could be the club’s stars of the future.”
Wayne Rooney is England’s most-capped outfield player, winning his 117th cap in the 2-0 victory against Malta on Saturday.
However, his performances recently have been heavily criticised, The 30-year-old was booed by sections of the Wembley crowd at the weekend, when he operated in a deep-lying midfield role.