Wayne Rooney has finally completed his dream return to boyhood club Everton from Manchester United, 13 years after making the switch to Old Trafford from the Merseysiders.
The 31-year old has penned a two year contract reportedly worth £150,000 per week to rejoin the club he made a name with. That figure, if accurate, would mean he has taken a 50% cut from his £300,000 mega bucks contract at Man United. His new contract also features the option of a further 12 months, which could see him through until retirement.
Everton will be pleased to have sealed the deal for a high profile replacement for outgoing Romelu Lukaku who could well take Rooney’s place and number in the Man United squad very soon. Rooney, ironically, will take Lukaku’s number 10 shirt for the forthcoming season.
The club had already signed Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez in forward positions with bookmakers odds suggesting that Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson is alsoon the verge of linking up in a £32m move.
Man United paid a whopping £27m to sign then-teenager Rooney from Everton back in 2004 but the gamble paid off, and then some. He leaves the club as their record goalscorer, bagging 253 goals in 559 appearances; 4 goals ahead of club icon Sir Bobby Charlton. In the process, he won everything there was to win, including five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one Champions League, three League Cups and, last season, one Europa League.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman had made his interest in Rooney clear throughout last season and he was delighted to have finally got his man. “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.” he said.
Koeman added: “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. We have a lot of young players and sometimes in life you need somebody who you look up to, who you learn from. That was also one of the messages when we spoke about on and off the pitch what his function will be in the team.”
Rooney exploded onto the scene at Everton as a plucky 16 year old in 2002, making multiple appearances before firing home an iconic, long range thunderbolt against Arsenal to end their 30 game unbeaten run. Everybody involved in Everton football club will be hoping he carries on straight from where he left out 15 years ago.