Tuesday 28 March 2017

Koeman would relish chance to take Rooney back to Everton

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman:
Everton manager Ronald Koeman: "Even when we get one time the possibility that Rooney is an option for Everton, I'm very pleased." Picture: PA

Phil Medlicott

Everton boss Ronald Koeman will be "very pleased" should the opportunity come about for him to bring Wayne Rooney back to the club.

There has been plenty of talk of late about the prospect of Manchester United captain Rooney leaving Old Trafford, with him having been dropped to the Red Devils' bench last month. Yesterday, Koeman was asked how likely it might be that Rooney returns to Everton, who the 31-year-old left in 2004 to join United.

And the Toffees manager replied: "First of all, I think it is a great player, and he has still not finished his career. I do not know how his situation is, and I need to respect that situation. That's not my problem.

"But even when we get one time the possibility that Rooney is an option for Everton, I'm very pleased."

Surprised

When then asked if he was surprised by some of the criticism Rooney has had, Koeman added: "But that is part of football. He is enough of an experienced person in football that he knows what can happen and everybody gets periods of critics. It is part of football and of the business, and you need to stay calm - that is the best thing you can do."

Koeman was speaking at his press conference ahead of tomorrow's Premier League home clash with West Ham, in which the Merseyside outfit hope to return to winning ways but they will again be without James McCarthy.

"It is a slight hamstring problem," said Koeman yesterday who previously accused Ireland of "killing" the player. "That came out of when he played, after he played for Ireland, and everybody knows what my reaction was at that time.

"The boy needs training. That's what he needs before starting to play - but we know in two weeks, again we have the international duty."

Irish Independent

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