Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney returned to his boyhood club Everton after having passed a medical on Saturday. The performances of 31-year-old have been waning lately and he has fell down the pecking order at the Old Trafford.
Everton confirmed the signing of Rooney in a statement released here on Sunday on the club’s website.
“Everton can confirm that Wayne Rooney has rejoined the Club from Manchester United on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee,” the statement said.
Wayne Rooney will head back to where it all started in 2002-03 when he shot to prominence at the age of 16. He announced himself on the big stage with dazzling displays in Euro 2004 which earned him a 27 million pounds move to Sir Alex Ferguson’s side and never looked back since joining them.
| “I’m ecstatic – I just cannot wait to get back playing.” @WayneRooney exclusively on evertontv.
— Everton (@Everton) July 9, 2017
He has won Champions League, five Premier League, four League Cups and many individual accolades during his tenure at United so far.
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 9, 2017
Rooney has enjoyed a glittering, trophy-laden 13-year spell at Old Trafford and it was only last year that he became the all-time top scorer, 253 goals, for Manchester United. He surpassed Bobby Charlton’s long standing record of 249 goals in 200 less appearances.
He has been struggling with consistently from the past couple of years and both Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho played him across the midfield and attacking positions but that didn’t help his numbers. Rooney registered only 37 goals in 117 appearances in last 3 seasons for Manchester United.
Although Rooney is a mere shadow of the player he once was but the wealth of experience he brings to the field is undisputed and it will sure help a young and talented Everton side.
This has come after Everton talisman Romelu Lukaku’s whopping 75-million-pound switch to Manchester United is about to be concluded after both the club and player announced it on their respective Twitter handles.
The Toffees are on a spending spree this summer and have already secured Michael Keane from Burnley, Jordan Pickford from Sunderland, Davy Klassen from Ajax, Sandro Ramirez from Malaga and youngster Henry Onyekuru.