Rooney: Everton is not my retirement home

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England forward Wayne Rooney is adamant that he is not coming back to Everton to start his retirement.

Rooney re-joined the Toffees on a two-year contract on Sunday following a 13-year spell with Manchester United.

The 31-year-old was officially unveiled in a press conference on Monday, shortly after taking part in his first training session with his new team-mates.

“I’m excited, it’s a challenge which is the right time in my career. This isn’t a retirement home,” said Rooney, who turns 32 in October.

“Obviously Ronald [Koeman] has ideas and the players we’re bringing in, it’s on us. It’s one thing saying we want to win trophies but it’s on us to do it.”

Rooney added: “Once I knew Ronald was interested in bringing me back to Everton it was a no-brainer, it’s where I wanted to play.

“It’s an exciting time, we’re moving forward, we’re signing the right players, we hope it can be a very good year for us.

“For us all, you want to do better than the previous year. We want to keep pushing and try to bring trophies to the club.”


Rooney has been used in a number of different roles with United and England in recent years, and when asked where he was expecting to play under Everton boss Ronald Koeman, he said: “You’ll have to wait and see.

“The big thing was coming back here to play, he’ll assess training and we’ll make our decisions on that.”

Koeman also weighed in on the matter, however, and said he intends to use Rooney in an attacking capacity.

“Everyone knows the qualities of Wayne. We’re trying to get more productivity,” the Dutchman said. “He can be 10 behind the striker, the 9, the 7.

“When we spoke it was about ambition, he was desperate to come back. He showed me he likes pressure, he’s used to doing that. Some players need it to get the best out of themselves.

“You mention his age, 31, 32 in October, still young for football. The qualities and ambition showed me enough to come back to Everton.”

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