Wayne Rooney completes homecoming to Everton

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After spending 13 seasons at Old Trafford, Wayne Rooney rejoins his boyhood club Everton on a free transfer. The 31-year-old forward has signed a two-year contract keeping him at Goodison Park till 2019.

“The only Premier League club I would play for other than Manchester United was Everton, so I am delighted that the move has happened,” Rooney said in a statement, “It’s a great feeling to be back.”

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The English talisman spent 13 years with the Red Devils and scored 253 goals in 559 appearances surpassing the record of Sir Bobby Charlton. In a career that has been no less than stellar, Wayne Rooney has virtually won everything at Manchester United which includes 5 Premier Leagues, 1 Champions League, 1 Europa League, 3 League Cups, 1 FA Cup, 4 Community Shields and 1 Club World Cup. In the 13 seasons that he spent with United, he finished as their top scorer on five occasions and sharing another with Cristiano Ronaldo.

“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,” José Mourinho told the club’s website, “His experience, focus and determination will be missed and I wish him well for the future.”

Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman of Manchester United said,

“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, 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.”

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The England international had spent two seasons in his previous stint with Everton in which he made 77 appearances and scored 17 goals.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman said, “I’m really happy he’s decided to come home. 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.”

Rooney, who invoked animosity amongst the Everton fans when he left Merseyside in 2004, had slowly been eased out of that antipathy. The forward even donned the blue jersey in Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial match in 2015 against Villarreal.