Boss Rooney and his former Manchester United team-mate are very close.
Bardsley infamously decked Roo during a boxing bout in the ex-striker's kitchen.
Rooney hopes American Chris Kirchner takes over the Rams and allows him to make fresh signings next season.
Derby gave their survival hopes a shot in the arm on Friday with a 2-1 win over probable champs Fulham.
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