Yesterday was surely a heartbreaking day for all the Manchester United fans as well as Wayne Rooney supporters. Their club captain and all-time leading top scorer finally decided to leave the club after 13 long years at the Old Trafford for his former side Everton.
The 31-year-old agreed to a move to sign for his boyhood club for a two-year contract as a free transfer from Manchester United and reportedly accepted a pay cut.
The English International only experienced a one-year stint with one of his long-time admirer Jose Mourinho however after the transfer the Portuguese made a surprising claim of the Everton transfer.
Many fans stated that Jose Mourinho is the man who drove Rooney out of the squad, however, the Red Devils boss revealed that it was not Mourinho who agreed on the deal. It was Rooney who himself asked for the move for better game time and Mourinho did not have any choice but to grant his captain’s request.
“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,” Mourinho said.
“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.”
Rooney faced a tough season last year after the attacker was restricted to a limited role after inconsistent performances. The 31-year-old only made 15 appearances from the start and scored only five goals with further five assists.
The England international for his limited game time and under appreciated performance also cost him his position from the national team and it is now believed that the veteran wants to have longer runs of games and that’s why he decided to choose for Koeman’s Everton, not for a hefty pay slip in MLS or in China.
Rooney will now surely be hoping to maintain a central figure in the Everton team that is reshaping their squad with some brilliant signings under coach Ronald Koeman.