England forward Wayne Rooney has joined boyhood club Everton from Manchester United, the Goodison Park outfit announced on Sunday.
The 31-year-old moved away from Merseyside after being signed by Manchester United in 2004, becoming the most expensive teenager at the time. Rooney found immense success at Old Trafford in his 13 year stay, winning the Champions League, Europa League, five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, three League Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup. In the process, he became United’s all-time leading goal scorer (253), going past United legend Sir Bobby Charlton earlier this year.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was quoted on manutd.com, “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.”
— Everton (@Everton) July 9, 2017
“Wayne has shown me that ambition that we need and that winning mentality – he knows how to win titles and I’m really happy he’s decided to come home,” said Everton manager Ronald Koeman on evertonfc.com.
“He loves Everton and he was desperate to come back. He is still only 31 and I don’t have any doubts about his qualities. It’s fantastic he’s here.”