News ID: 196361
Published: 1003 GMT July 09, 2017

Rooney back in Everton shirt

Rooney back in Everton shirt
Wayne Rooney signs a two-year deal with Everton, the club he left for Manchester United 13 years ago.

Wayne Rooney confirmed he has rejoined Everton from Manchester United while Romelu Lukaku appeared to confirm he is moving in the opposite direction by saying he did not think twice about agreeing to join the Red Devils when the opportunity arose, describing the club as the “biggest in the world”.

Rooney thanked United for the past 13 years, expressing his happiness at returning to his boyhood club, where he has signed a two-year deal after joining for an undisclosed fee. He was filmed at Everton’s training ground on Saturday, after leaving the club for Old Trafford in 2004 and he now returns after winning five Premier League titles and a Champions League with United, the Guardian reported.

Rooney said: “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.

“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.

“I have come back to Everton because I believe Ronald Koeman is building a team that can win something and I look forward to playing my part in making that a reality for the club I have supported since a boy.”

Manchester United announced on Saturday it had reached an agreement with Everton to sign Lukaku in a deal understood to be worth an initial £75 million.

Lukaku, who has been on holiday in the US, is now set to put the finishing touches on the switch and should then be able to link up with José Mourinho’s side on the preseason tour of the States.

The Belgium international said he is grateful to have been given the chance to join United.

He told ESPN: “It’s the biggest club in the world. It’s a club that’s hungry to win the league again, to be dominant in the world again. This is the sort of opportunity that I always wanted since I was a child and when they came calling I didn’t have to think twice.”

United has yet to make any official announcement about Lukaku apart from confirming a fee had been agreed with Everton.


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