Wayne Rooney has rejoined Everton from Manchester United, 13 years after leaving the Blues.
The terms of the deal weren’t revealed as the Toffees merely say Rooney had returned for ‘an undisclosed fee’ – the BBC reports on a free transfer.
Rooney, 31, has signed a two year contact at Goodison Park.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman told the Official Website: ‘Wayne has shown me that ambition that we need and that winning mentality – he knows how to win titles and I`m really happy he`s decided to come home. He loves Everton and he was desperate to come back. He is still only 31 and I don`t have any doubts about his qualities. It`s fantastic he`s here.’
The former England captain – hopeful his return to Merseyside can see a place in the national team reclaimed – will now look to add to his 77 appearances and 17 goals from his previous spell at Everton between 2002 and 2004, when he left for Old Trafford.
During an illustrious career the forward became the record goalscorer at Man United and is England’s all-time leading goalscorer too. Rooney had won the Champions League, Europa League – last season, five Premier League titles, the FA Cup, three League Cups and the FIFA Club World Cup with United.
Welcome home Wayne.
Some will take more convincing than others that this is a good deal for Everton but given the passion for the Blues Rooney has this can only be a good thing for the Toffees on and off the field.