Wayne Rooney has left Manchester United to rejoin Everton on a free transfer, the club of his boyhood that he left thirteen years ago.
The 31-year old United captain has signed a two-year deal worth £150,000 per week for which United have waivered the transfer fee, to become Everton’s sixth summer signing, following Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford, Sandro Ramirez, Davy Klaassen and Henry Onyekuru.
His career at Old Trafford saw him score 253 goals in 559 appearances and claim five league titles, the FA Cup, three League Cups, plus winner’s medals in the Champions and Europa Leagues.
After completing his signing over the weekend, on Monday morning Rooney returned to Finch Farm for his first day of training. He will wear the No. 10 shirt which has been vacated by Romelu Lukaku.
Rooney had joined The Toffees as a 9-year-old, progressing through their youth system before joining the senior team. He left in 2004 as an 18-year-old.
“(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,” he told the club’s official website.
“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.