Wayne Rooney returns to Everton after a 13-year hiatus
Wayne Rooney has joined his former club, Everton FC in a two-year deal today after spending 13 years at Manchester United and becoming the record goalscorer with 253 goals in 559 appearances. The England skipper returns to Goodison Park and he’s one of the six new players signed this season. Rooney left Everton in August 2004 to sign for the Red Devils in a deal worth £27 million. At United, he won five Premier League titles, one Champions League title, one Europa League title and one FA Cup title.
Rooney posted on his official Twitter account of his return to his former team, “Excited to be back at @Everton. Can’t wait to meet up with @RonaldKoeman and the lads! #EFC” Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho also offered some kind words, “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.“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.”
The current vice-chairman of Manchester United, Ed Woodward on behalf of the management also offered good remarks about the former skipper, “Wayne has been a fantastic servant to United since the moment he signed for us as a prodigiously talented, explosive teenager some 13 seasons ago.“Who can forget his storybook debut hat trick against Fenerbahce, the spectacular overhead kick against City and the countless match-winning performances in his time here? But after much discussion, the club has decided to accept his request to rejoin his boyhood team.“He goes having created some of the most magical moments in some of the most successful years in the club’s history. Wayne leaves us as our greatest ever goalscorer and has won every major trophy in the game. His record will take decades for anyone to get close to matching and I am extremely grateful for the way he has led from the front since being appointed club captain three years ago.“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.”