Wayne Rooney has rejoined Everton today in a two-year deal with Manchester United receiving £10m for the 31-year-old.
Rooney has reiterated his stance that Everton are the only English club that he would leave United for.
As I’ve said for the last few years, if I left Manchester United, there’s only Everton and Manchester United I’d play for – I wouldn’t play for another Premier League team. I was true to that and I firmly meant that. I didn’t want to play for another club in England other than Everton. Once I knew Everton were interested and wanted to sign me, I made my agent aware, ‘Go and speak to them, let’s make it happen. That’s where I want to go’.
Rooney has revealed his excitement at rejoining his boyhood club and has claimed that his primary objective is to win trophies. Everton’s last piece of silverware was the 1995 FA Cup which they beat United to win. Rooney was a nine-year-old in the Wembley crowd and cried when they won. Rooney believes the club is ready to win another trophy, 22 years later.
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.