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Kirchner insists Rooney will stay and rebuild Derby

Derby County's prospective new owner Chris Kirchner has indicated manager Wayne Rooney will remain in charge of the club next season.

Rooney previously stated he would stay with the troubled side until the end of the campaign, but recently said protracted efforts by administrators to sell the club could see him leave.

His work at the Rams saw him approached for the Everton job in January.

Kirchner said on Twitter that Rooney "told me he's staying".

In a question and answer on social media, the American businessman added: "We're going to do this together. Excited to rebuild this with him."

Following Kirchner's confirmation as the preferred bidder to buy the relegation-threatened Championship side, Rooney said he "can work on my plans now and see where Chris wants to go".

"We can work on that together," Rooney said last week.

"I love this place and the staff here. The players and fans have been brilliant to me as well."

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