Phil Jagielka believes Everton fans would love to see their former star and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney return to the club.
Rooney has not played much for the Red Devils this season, scoring only 9 goals in 36 outings. This is mainly because manager Jose Mourinho has preferred Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Marcus Rashford in attack, whilst also not trusting the Englishman in a midfield role.
This has given rise to many rumours linking him away from Old Trafford, and the forward could move to a host of places this summer, with the Chinese Super League and the MLS as some of his options.
However, a very interesting move could see him return to Goodison Park next season. According to various reports, it is highly likely that Rooney will wear an Everton shirt again next season.
Commenting on this, Phil Jagielka told Sky Sports: “You can always see him back, obviously he has made no secret that he still is a massive Everton fan. But I’m not going to try and second guess what Wayne is going to do.”
Jagielka, the 31-year old’s teammate in the England national team, said that the fans would love to have him back.
“He’s got to finish the season off himself with the Europa League final coming up, but I’m sure the fans would love to see him back but only if it’s on the right terms and if he is going to contribute heavily next season,” the defender added.
However, it is likely that Rooney will have to take a pay cut if he is to return, with The Times reporting this year that United’s number 10 earns a huge £300,000 a week. Everton, surely, won’t be able to match that.
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