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Wayne Rooney to return to Everton before the end of the week – reports

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is set to make a sensational return to Everton this week, ending his career at the Old Trafford club according to reports by Neil Custis of The Sun. It was earlier suggested that Rooney was part of the squad which would fly our to Los Angeles on Sunday to prepare for United’s pre-season tour of the United States of America, which now seems to be no longer be the case. Custis’ report suggests a deal is all but done, which figuratively speaking suggests the deal is not actually done, but we know this is a term to suggest something could well be imminent. This makes me happy and sad at the same time, for different reasons though.

Rooney scored 253 goals for United during his 13-year career at the Theatre of Dreams. His very first competitive match for the club ended up with him scoring a hat-trick, showing just why Sir Alex Ferguson signed the striker, who became one of the best players at the club for maybe a decade, give or take a year or two. There was speculation at the end of the season as to whether Rooney had played his last game for the club, coming on in the final stages of the UEFA Europa League final in which United beat Ajax 2-0 to lift the trophy, the only major honour United had not won in their illustrious history. That was not his final game though, it was his appearance in Michael Carrick’s testimonial at the start of June, in which the player had a shocking performance.

Rooney has been linked to the Chinese Super League, Major League Soccer and Everton, whilst also being wanted by Stoke City, a move with was seemingly rejected with the player himself saying that he would only play for two Premier League clubs, the only two he has played for; Manchester United and Everton. Over the last few days, talk of a move up the M62 has been talked up, which was seemingly ruled out weeks ago. At the end of the season Rooney did say he had a number of offers to talk through, presumably from those mentioned above and it would seem that his mind may well and truly be made up with a return to the club he first appeared on the Premier League stage as a 16-year-old, the rest being history.

There is also a suggestion that Everton are looking to bring Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud to the Goodison Park club this summer with it being speculated that Rooney will play the number ten role, a role he has favoured throughout his career with the Frenchman playing in the number nine position, which could be something to get the Blue side of Liverpool above the Red side of the city, which would frustrate many of the latter colour, no doubt the Red side would dismiss this being that it has got to be Liverpool’s year again, for what, the 28th time in a row! Many will be wondering how this would work with Rooney being under contract at United, reportedly, the Old Trafford club would be prepared to let the 31-year-old leave on a free.

Everton will pick up the player’s £250,000 a week wage, which will surely break the club’s wage threshold, but being under new ownership, the glass ceiling implemented at the club can be broken, especially if there is a chance the club could become that much better, pushing themselves into the top six of seven clubs in the Premier League table, looking to maintain their improvement and aim to break into the top four, which would be best not to be achieved too quickly as it will be a tough position to maintain continually, looking at United’s last four seasons should demonstrate that severely. There will be a condition from United though and that would be that Rooney does not ask for his remaining two years to be paid up by the club.

It is all fair in love and war and at the end of the day, United will be losing out on a transfer fee, so allowing Rooney to go to a club whereby he will be able to play, as at United he will remain a peripheral figure, should be the best option for the player. Everton will keep him on the same or similar wages, so what is there to lose? Do you decide to stay where the money is and lose yourself even more as a player fighting for what is not going to come, or do you head to a lower level club, where you will be the best player in the team, where you are loved for ‘being a blue’, earning a similar amount of money but more importantly playing the game you love. It just does not take too long to decide, does it?

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