Sunday 11 December 2016

Everton boss Ronald Koeman admits he wants to sign Wayne Rooney

Published 28/10/2016 | 15:18

Wayne Rooney, left, with Jose Mourinho
Wayne Rooney, left, with Jose Mourinho

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed that he would like to bring Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney back to Goodison Park.

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Rooney’s future at United has been thrown into doubt in recent weeks after he lost his place in manager Jose Mourinho’s starting line-up, with reports emerging in recent days suggesting the England skipper has been told to leave Old Trafford if he wants regular football.

Rooney’s enduring affection for his first club Everton is well noted and the comments from Koeman suggesting he would jump at the chance to sign the 31-year-old striker if the offer was made make for intriguing reading.

“He’s a great player, he’s still not finished his career,” said Koeman.

“I don’t know how his situation is. That’s not my problem.

“Of course, if there is a possibility that Rooney is an option for Everton, I’m very pleased.

Koeman went on to urge Rooney to silence his critics, in comments that will have been welcomed by the United captain.

“He has enough experience in football that he knows what can happen,” added the Toffees boss.

“Everyone gets period of critics, it is part of football and part of the business. You need to stay calm and that is the best you can do.”

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