Rooney rejoins Everton after 13 years at Man U
Wayne Rooney rejoined boyhood club Everton yesterday after 13 years at Manchester United, leaving English football's biggest club as its record scorer, having won every major trophy.
The 31-year-old Rooney, the most recognised and scrutinised English player, has been getting accustomed to a reduced status after losing his starting place in the United team and dropping out of the national team squad.
A return to Everton, where he made his name as a dynamic teenager, signals a fresh start.
"It is some time since I said that 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 after signing a two-year contract. "Thirteen years ago, I went to United with the intention of winning trophies and I have been fortunate to be a part of one of the most successful periods in the club's history."
The striker will now be a central figure once again in a team that is looking to break the Premier League's elite under coach Ronald Koeman.
Rooney scored a record 253 goals for United after moving from Everton for PS27 million as an 18-year-old in 2004, winning the Premier League title five times, the FA Cup once, the League Cup three times, the Champions League once and the Europa League last season. He is also England's record scorer with 53 goals.
His stint at United was tarnished for some when Rooney sought to leave the club, first in 2010 and again at the end of the 2012-13 season, clashing with then manager Alex Ferguson both times.