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Wayne Rooney Completes Transfer back to Everton after 13 years at Manchester United

After 13 successful years and winning 16 trophies with Manchester United, Wayne Rooney has returned to his boyhood club, Everton FC.  Rooney played a total of 559 competitive matches and broke the club goalscoring record previously set by Sir Bobby Charlton by scoring 253 goals, four more than the legendary Charlton, also breaking the goalscoring record for England, again beating that by four goals.

Rooney made a total of 77 appearances for Everton during his time at the club, scoring 17 goals before he moved to Old Trafford. His combined Premier league status stands at 450 appearancs and 198 goals, making him the second-highest Premier League scorer of all time with 62 goals separating All time great, Alan Shearer from him.

At United Rooney became a champion lifting the Premier League title five times, the FA Community Shield four times, the League Cup three times, and the UEFA Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup, the Emirates FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League all once a piece. Rooney really did it all at Manchester United and will be remembered for that. 

Rooney was often left out of United’s starting line-up by manager Jose Mourinho last season, managing just 25 league games – the fewest he has played in one season. His total of eight goals in all competitions was also the lowest of his career.

His former  Manchester United’s manager, Jose Mourinho paid tribute to the legend saying:

“It is no secret that I have long been an admirer of Wayne; he has been a model professional throughout his time at the club and will remain in the history books for many years to come. It is never easy to see a great player playing less football than he would like and I could not stand in his way when he asked to go back to Everton. His experience, focus and determination will be missed and I wish him well for the future.”

United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward also spoke about Rooney’s departure, saying:

“Wayne has been a fantastic servant to United since the moment he signed for us as a prodigiously talented, explosive teenager some 13 seasons ago. Who can forget his storybook debut hat-trick against Fenerbahce, the spectacular overhead kick against City and the countless match-winning performances in his time here? But after much discussion, the club has decided to accept his request to rejoin his boyhood team.

“He goes having created some of the most magical moments in some of the most successful years in the club’s history. Wayne leaves us as our greatest ever goalscorer and having won every major trophy in the game. His record will take decades for anyone to get close to matching and I am extremely grateful for the way he has led from the front since being appointed club captain three years ago. On behalf of the whole club and our hundreds of millions of fans around the world, we wish Wayne all the very best for the next phase of his incredible career.”

On his return to Goodison Park, Rooney said: 

“(Winning trophies with Everton) would be the pinnacle. I really feel now the Club is moving in the right direction, bringing the right calibre of players in. I want to be part of it and hopefully part of a successful Everton team.

“It’s a great feeling to be back. I’m excited, I cannot wait to meet the lads, get on the training pitch and then get on the pitch to play. I’m ecstatic – I just cannot wait to get back playing.

“I’m excited, and I’m excited by the signings that the Club have made. This club is moving forward. This football club should be winning trophies and we’re taking huge steps to being involved and trying to win trophies.

“The first game back will be an emotional day for me and I’m looking forward to it. I’m not just coming back because it’s the team I support, the team I grew up playing for – I’m coming back because I feel the Club can move forward and be successful. I want to be part of it. There will be pressure on me to perform, but I’m ready to go. I believe I can help move this club forward and be more successful on the pitch.

“With the new stadium in the pipeline, it’s an exciting time to be an Everton player, to be an Everton fan. It’s on us players to make those times even more exciting by giving them good performances and try to help them be successful and bring trophies to the Club.”

Rooney will make a return to Old Trafford on Sunday 17th September 2017 with his new club, Everton FC in the first Premier League match between the two clubs since Rooney’s departure, which could also be the first match for Romelu Lukaku against his former club.

I personally wish him all the best and thank him for his services to Manchester United and for putting smiles on “our” faces for 13 years.

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