Rooney Signs For Boyhood Club Everton
Former Manchester United captain and England International, Wayne Rooney has signed for his boyhood club, Everton on a free transfer. The announcement was made on Everton’s Twitter handle with photos.
According to BBC Sport, Rooney arrived at Everton’s Finch Park training ground on Saturday to have a medical, according to BBC Merseyside Sport.
Rooney, 31, has now returned to Goodison, 13 years after he left for United despite interest from other clubs. United will waive a fee and may also fund part of Rooney’s £13m wages, it was learnt.
The deal is understood not in connection to United’s ongoing pursuit of Everton forward Romelu Lukaku. Rooney signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract during the 2013-14 campaign, which included the option of a further season, but the Old Trafford club have no intention of triggering that clause.
The future of the the former England captain, who started 15 Premier League games last season, was a subject of speculation for several months.
Asked in May whether he wanted to stay at Old Trafford, he said: “Of course. I’ve been at this club for 13 years, but I want to play football.”
Rooney began his career at Goodison Park before joining United for £27m in August 2004. Meanwhile, United have appointed former Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia as their new Under-23 manager.
Sbragia, who left the Scottish FA last month, spent three years in charge of the reserves at United from 2002.
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