Rooney re­joins Ever­ton from Manch­ester United

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Eng­land and Manch­ester United’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney com­pleted a move back to his first club Ever­ton yes­ter­day. The 31year-old-who had be­come a pe­riph­eral fig­ure un­der Jose Mour­inho last sea­son-signed a two-year con­tract on a free trans­fer ac­cord­ing to the BBC bring­ing the cur­tain down on 13 tro­phy-laden years at Old Traf­ford. Rooney-whose move comes the day after United an­nounced they had agreed terms with Ever­ton over buy­ing their lead­ing scorer Romelu Lukaku-will hope the switch also re­vives his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer which also stalled last sea­son.

“It is some time since I said that the only Premier League club I would play for other than Manch­ester United was Ever­ton, so I am de­lighted that the move has hap­pened,” he said in a state­ment to The Press As­so­ci­a­tion. “Thir­teen years ago I went to United with the in­ten­tion of win­ning tro­phies and I have been for­tu­nate to be a part of one of the most suc­cess­ful pe­ri­ods in the club’s his­tory.

“I have come back to Ever­ton be­cause I be­lieve (Ever­ton man­ager) Ron­ald Koe­man is build­ing a team that can win some­thing and I look for­ward to play­ing my part in mak­ing that a re­al­ity for the club I have sup­ported since a boy.” Koe­man said in Rooney-who in his time at United won among other tro­phies five Premier League ti­tles and a Cham­pi­ons League-he was buy­ing a player with a sure­fire win­ner’s men­tal­ity.

“Wayne has shown me that am­bi­tion that we need and that win­ning men­tal­ity-he knows how to win ti­tles and I’m re­ally happy he’s de­cided to come home,” said Koe­man.

“He loves Ever­ton and he was des­per­ate to come back. He is still only 31 and I don’t have any doubts about his qual­i­ties. It’s fan­tas­tic he’s here.” Mour­inho for his part said he ad­mired Rooney but un­der­stood both his de­sire for play­ing more foot­ball and to re­turn to the club that nur­tured his tal­ent. “It is no se­cret that I have long been an ad­mirer of Wayne,” said Mour­inho. “He has been a model pro­fes­sional through­out his time at the club and will re­main in the his­tory books for many years to come. “It is never easy to see a great player play­ing less foot­ball than he would like and I could not stand in his way when he asked to go back to Ever­ton. “His ex­pe­ri­ence, fo­cus and de­ter­mi­na­tion will be missed and I wish him well for the fu­ture.”

Rooney, who had at one point been linked with a move to China though in­ter­est cooled, largely had a sea­son to for­get last year. He made just 15 Premier League starts-and came on in an­other 10 — and

was a non-used sub­sti­tute in the League Cup win over Southamp­ton and was sent on in the 90th minute of the 2-0 victory over Ajax in the Europa League fi­nal.


LON­DON: This file photo taken on Jan­uary 21, 2017 shows a com­bi­na­tion of pic­tures cre­ated in Lon­don on Jan­uary 21, 2017 shows Manch­ester United’s English striker Wayne Rooney cel­e­brat­ing after scor­ing.

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