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Wayne Rooney has said sorry for his involvement in the hotel images scandal over the weekend.

Pictures went viral on social media of the Derby County boss asleep, surrounded by three young women.

Rooney was pictured sleeping on a chair while in a hotel with Snapchat model Tayler Ryan and her pals Elise Melvin and Brooke Morgan over the weekend.

There is no suggestion that Rooney acted inappropriately. Tonight, he addressed the issue publicly.

Speaking immediately after Derby's pre-season friendly with Real Betis, Rooney said: "I made a mistake. I went to a private party with two of my friends.

Rooney has apologised for the incident

"From me, I would like to apologise to my family and the club for the images which were going round.

"I want to move forward on this. I'm grateful to Derby County for giving me this opportunity to get this club back to where it belongs

"I will do everything in my power to do that."

Rooney was then quizzed on whether he felt the victim in the episode.

Derby County have endured a tumultuous off-season

He added: "Yes, but I don't really want to go into that. Listen, it's dealt with and I'm looking forward to moving forward and preparing for another game on Sunday."

Max Bird scored a late goal to seal a welcome win for the Rams, against a side who finished sixth in La Liga last season.

Derby sealed a morale-boosting win over Spanish side Real Betis

That came as a welcome tonic during another incident-laden week at Pride Park. The Rams have been beset by ongoing dramas over the past few months.

The long list includes a draining battle with the EFL, failed takeovers, a relegation fight that went to the final day and a transfer embargo.

The latter means Rooney has been unable to so far add any new players to his squad, with trialists permitted to play in warm-up games. As of yet, none of those on trial have signed permanent deals.

Derby finish their pre-season schedule on Sunday with a trip to Notts County before their Championship opener at home to Huddersfield on August 7.

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