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Wayne Rooney returns to Everton after 13 years of being a Red Devil

Wayne Rooney has left Manchester United after 13 years with the Old Trafford club. After playing a total of 559 competitive matches and breaking the club goalscoring record previously set by Sir Bobby Charlton with Rooney scoring 253 goals, four more than the legendary Charlton, also breaking the goalscoring record for England, again beating that by four goals, Rooney has done his stuff on the pitch. Rooney last played for Everton, competitively at least during the 2003/04 season, his second season in the first team at the club making 77 appearances and scoring 17 goals. Whilst playing for both clubs, Rooney had made a total of 450 Premier League appearances, scoring 198 goals, with Rooney the second-highest Premier League scorer of all time, 62 goals shy of Alan Shearer’s 260 goal haul, which Rooney could achieve at Everton, should he find his form again.

At United Rooney became a champion lifting the Premier League title five times, the FA Community Shield four times, the League Cup three times, and the UEFA Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup, the Emirates FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League all once a piece. Rooney really did it all at Manchester United and will be remembered for that. During the past few seasons, he was not the best player on the pitch and took that in his stride last season and still did his part, when he was called up without moaning, which shows his character. He will have been frustrated, but in public at least, he did not show it, he dug deep and got on with it.

United manager Jose Mourinho paid tribute to Rooney on his departure to boyhood club Everton with the official Manchester United website confirming the Portuguese manager as saying:

“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.”

United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward also spoke about Rooney’s departure, saying:

“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 having 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.”

Speaking to Everton TV and reported by the official Everton website, Rooney spoke about his return to Goodison Park, 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.

“The first game back will be an emotional day for me and I’m 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. 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.”

We wish Rooney the best of luck at Everton and look forward to seeing him return to Old Trafford on Sunday 17th September 2017 in the first Premier League match between the two clubs since Rooney’s departure, which could also be the first match for Romelu Lukaku against his former club. One to salivate maybe?

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