Rooney’s DC United signs ex-Liverpool Christian Benteke

The 31-year-old Belgian striker signed a contract until 2024 with the Washington team

The agreement includes an option to renew for an additional season

The D.C. United of the English technician Wayne Rooney announced this Friday the signing of the Belgian striker Christian Bentekeof Crystal Palace and former of Liverpoolwith ‘status’ of franchise player.

Benteke, 31, signed a contract until 2024, with an option for the 2025 season, the Washington team said in a statement. The Belgian striker scored 18 goals with his country’s senior team, in which he has played since 2010 and in which his last match dates back to March 29 against Burkina Faso.

Formed in the quarry of Genka soccer school from which stars like Kevin DeBruyne, Thibaut Courtois or Senegalese kalidou Koulibalibetween many more, Benteke played in the Premier League with the Aston Town, the Liverpool and the Crystal Palace.

He became one of the best strikers in the Premier League in the year of his debut with the town and the Liverpool he signed him in 2015 for more than 40 million euros.

It was difficult for him to express his best level in Anfield and, after nine goals in the Premier Leaguelanded on the Crystal Palace for an amount greater than 30 million euros. His stage in Palace was marked by ups and downs and ended with 35 goals in 159 league games, before the striker left England to join the sports project of the DC United.

The Washington team, led by Wayne Rooneyformer forward of Manchester United and of the English national team, he is last in the Eastern Conference of the MLS with 21 points and only won six games in 22 days.