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Wayne Rooney wants ex-Man Utd team-mate Phil Bardsley in the derby next season if the club survive relegation to the Championship

WAYNE ROONEY wants to bring his big pal Phil Bardsley to Derby – if the club is saved from relegation.

boss Rooney and his former Manchester United Teammates are very close.

Derby is ready to move for Phil Bardsley if his Burnley deal expires

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Derby is ready to move for Phil Bardsley if his Burnley deal expiresPhoto credit: Getty Images
Wayne Rooney keen for a reunion with his former Man Utd team-mate

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Wayne Rooney keen for a reunion with his former Man Utd team-mateCredit: Alamy

And he will step in for the 36-year-old defender when he’s there Burnley contract ends.

Bardsley decked out Roo in the ex-striker’s kitchen during a boxing match.

Rooney hopes Americans Chris Kirchner takes over the Rams and allows him to make new commitments next season.

Derby gave their hopes of survival a shot in the arm with a 2-1 win over likely champions Fulham on Friday.

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Rams fans are now crossing their fingers for a dream scenario of hitting the drop.

And with Kirchner’s backing, Derby could go into next season as a full championship team with Rooney at the helm.

In fact, Kirchner is confident Rooney wants to stay no matter what league the Rams choose to play in.

The American was picked by administrators ahead of former Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

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The takeover is still pending.

But Kirchner believes he and Rooney can build something special together.

He tweeted: “Rooney told me he was staying. We’ll do this together. Excited to build this back up with him.”

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