Wayne Rooney has completed a move back to his childhood club, Everton FC.
The former Manchester United captain rejoins the Merseyside club on a free transfer 13 years after leaving them. He signed a two-year deal worth around £150,000-a-week.
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 9, 2017
An ecstatic Wayne Rooney who hurt more than a few Evertonians with his move to Manchester, charmed his way back into their hearts after he revealed he always wore Everton pajamas all through his Old Trafford career.
“I’ve kept it quiet for the last 13 years, but I’ve actually been wearing Everton pajamas at home with my kids.”
“I had to keep that a bit quiet.”
Speaking on his ambition with the Everton, Wayne Rooney said:
“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.”
“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.”
Rooney said he wants to be a part of it and will relish the pressure of guiding the team forward.
“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.”
Everton manager Ronald Koeman expressed his delight with his new acquisition. He said Rooney has a winning mentality and has shown he still has ambition.
“[Rooney] loves Everton and he was desperate to come back. He is still only 31 and I don’t have any doubts about his qualities,” said Koeman.
The 31-year-old first joined Everton as a nine-year-old before progressing to their first team. He made his debut in 2002 at the age of 16 against Arsenal and marked it with a winning goal.
He played 77 games for the Toffees before Sir Alex Ferguson paid £27million for his services in 2004.
With United, Rooney made 559 appearances and broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record with 253 goals. He is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer. He also won five Premier League titles, a Champions League trophy, and an FA Cup.
Wayne Rooney Tributes
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— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 9, 2017
United manager Jose Mourinho and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward also had a few words to share.
“It is no secret that I have long been an admirer of Wayne. He has been a model professional throughout his time at the club and will remain in the history books for many years to come.”
“His experience, focus, and determination will be missed and I wish him well for the future.”
Ed Woodward said:
“Wayne leaves us as our greatest ever goalscorer, having won every major trophy in the game.”
“On behalf of the whole club and our hundreds of millions of fans around the world, we wish Wayne all the very best for the next phase of his incredible career.”
Wayne Rooney will wear the No 10 shirt at Goodison Park and becomes the club’s sixth major signing of the window.
Other signings at the club are Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford, Sandro Ramirez, Davy Klaassen and Henry Onyekuru.