Sunday, 9 July 2017

Everton Re-sign Wayne Rooney After 13 Years At Man United

Wayne Rooney has completed his return to Everton, 13 years after leaving the Merseyside club, the Toffees announced on Sunday.

Manchester United's all-time top scorer returns at Everton, having played for them already between 2002 and 2004.

Rooney, 31, played 559 times for United, scoring 253 goals.

He won five English Premier League titles and each of the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup once after joining from Everton.

It was unlikely that Rooney would be a starter in Mourinho's plans next season, which played a part in Rooney's departure at Old Trafford.

Rooney signed a contract for two years at the Toffees and joins a good bunch of other summer signings.

Everton tweeted to announce that Rooney will wear No 10 at Goodison Park, with the shirt's current occupant Romelu Lukaku on the brink of joining United in a potential world record £90million [N36.48billion] deal.
Everton confirmed that Rooney will wear the No 10 shirt, currently occupied by Romelu Lukaku

Rooney spoke of his excitement at the move saying: "(Winning trophies with Everton) would be the pinnacle. I really feel now the club is moving in the right direction, bringing the right calibre of players in. I want to be part of it and hopefully part of a successful Everton team. 

"It's a great feeling to be back. I'm excited, I cannot wait to meet the lads, get on the training pitch and then get on the pitch to play. I'm ecstatic – I just cannot wait to get back playing.  

"I'm excited, and I'm excited by the signings that the Club have made. This club is moving forward. This football club should be winning trophies and we're taking huge steps to being involved and trying to win trophies."
Back in blue: Wayne Rooney has re-joined his boyhood club from Manchester United
Rooney is acutely aware of Everton's history having been part of it as a young player
Rooney said the first game back will be an emotional day and that he was looking forward to it. 
"I'm not just coming back because it's the team I support, the team I grew up playing for - I'm coming back because I feel the club can move forward and be successful," he said.

"I want to be part of it. There will be pressure on me to perform, but I'm ready to go. I believe I can help move this club forward and be more successful on the pitch. 

"With the new stadium in the pipeline, it's an exciting time to be an Everton player, to be an Everton fan.  

"It's on us players to make those times even more exciting by giving them good performances and try to help them be successful and bring trophies to the club."
Rooney is acutely aware of Everton's history having been part of it as a young player
Rooney shakes hands with his former team-mate and current Everton coach Duncan Ferguson
Everton manager Ronald Koeman said:
"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. 

"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."

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