Christian Benteke joins Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney at DC United as Belgian striker completes MLS signing ahead of Crystal Palace vs Arsenal

Christian Benteke has signed for DC United from Crystal Palace, joining Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney who is now the manager of the MLS club.

Minutes before the start of Palace’s Premier League opener against Arsenal at Selhurst Park, the Eagles have confirmed the departure of their Belgium striker.

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Benteke moved to America

The MLS club’s statement reads: DC United have signed Belgian international striker Christian Benteke from Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on a permanent transfer.

“Benteke will join the club as a Designated Player pending receipt of his P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

“The Blacks and Reds have signed Benteke on a two-and-a-half-year contract until 2024 with a club option in 2025.”

Rooney said: “Christian is a top player who has played at the highest level for a long time.

“His experience and ability to score goals and help the team will be invaluable.

“It’s exciting for the team and myself to play him. It will make a huge difference.

Rooney is back at DC United as a manager


Rooney is back at DC United as a manager

Reports from the US claim that Benteke will become DC United’s highest-paid player.

Dave Kasper, President of Football Operations for DC United, added: “We have worked hard over the past few weeks to attract talent to strengthen our squad.

“Being able to bring in a world-class player from Christian [Benteke] caliber is a huge testament to what goes on behind the scenes at the club and our ability to attract top talent from around the world.

“We have been extremely active in the transfer window bringing in six players and since the appointment of Wayne Rooney as head coach we believe we have taken important steps in building a roster that can both make an effort to finish this season strong and build a base for us to move forward.

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