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Wayne Rooney has broken his silence about the private party involving three women who took photos of him while asleep.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the football manager said: "I made a mistake. I went to a private party with two of my friends and from me, I'd like to apologise to my family and the club for the images which were going around.
I want to move forward on this. I'm grateful for Derby County for giving me this opportunity to get this club back to where it belongs and I'll do everything in my power to make sure I do it."
Photos of Rooney sitting up while snoozing in a hotel room were shared widely online over the weekend - in one a woman was pictured showing off her thong next to the sleeping ex-footballer alongside the caption 'Mooney Rooney'.
When asked whether he thought he was the victim in the scandal, he replied: "I don't really want to go into it. Listen, it's dealt with. I'm looking forward to moving forward and prepared for another game on Sunday."
The three women who were photographed alongside the former England star have apologised and have handed over copyright for the snaps for a quid.
A representative for Rooney said the three women involved got in touch to issue an apology and to give him the rights to the photos.
A spokesperson for Rooney told the Mirror: "The three girls who took the photographs contacted Wayne's lawyers and volunteered to hand over all pictures that were taken that night and the copyrights in them.
"They have also, at their own suggestion, made a written apology to him for the events that took place and the embarrassment caused.
"These were three decent young women who went for a night out. They did not expect Wayne to end up in their company and are remorseful about how things turned out with the pictures.
"They got carried away and did something they later regretted. They did not expect it to end up in the mainstream media after it was posted on social media and they decided to take steps to put things right.
"It would be wrong to say no money changed hands because when a contract is drawn up there must be a sum and in this case it was a nominal £1.
"They have fulsomely apologised because they wanted to do what they saw as the right thing and draw a line under the matter."
Following the release of the photos online, Rooney's legal time contacted police. But Cheshire Police released a statement to say the matter was now closed.
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