Everton striker Wayne Rooney has today opened up on his decision to return to Goodison Park from Manchester United last summer, despite having received big-money offers from the likes of America and China.
Despite his struggles over the last couple of seasons, English international Rooney will go down as one of the greatest players in the long and storied history of Manchester United, having scored a sensational 253 goals to cement himself as the club’s all-time top goalscorer, also sitting second behind only Alan Shearer in the Premier League’s all-time scoring charts.
He also racked up 5 Premier League titles, 3 League Cups, 1 FA Cup, 1 Champions League, 1 Europa League and 1 Club World Cup with the Reds.
On the move
However, Jose Mourinho’s arrival at the club in the summer of 2016 has since seen the workings of an overhaul to United’s squad, with Rooney’s departure having been sanctioned last summer, following 13 years at Old Trafford.
Once it had been made clear that Rooney was very much up for sale during the early weeks of last summer’s transfer market, a whole raft of clubs were linked with moves for the veteran attacker.
Several English sides, as well as outfits in the likes of China and the United States, were rumoured to have registered an interest in Rooney’s services, but, in the end, the Red Devils’ legend opted for a return to his former stomping ground, Goodison Park.
Speaking in an interview with the BBC earlier today, Rooney was questioned on his his decision, with the 32-year-old explaining:
‘That’s not me, I need those goals, I need that pressure. That desire to play would have been lost if I’d chosen that other option.’
‘I knew that coming back to Everton was more pressure – that’s what I wanted. I wanted to prove myself again to the Everton fans and to try to help this club move forward and win silverware.’
‘I think it was the perfect fit for me and hopefully in the next two or three years we can do that.’