Everton boss Ronald Koeman reveals that he would be ‘pleased’ to see Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney return to the Toffees.
Wayne Rooney was a product of Everton’s Youth academy, making his senior debut for the club in 2002.
He spent two seasons with the Toffees, making 77 appearances and scoring 17 goals before completing a massive £25.6 million move to Manchester United in 2004.
Since then, the English striker has featured prominently in the Manchester United squad, making 532 appearances to date and scoring 246 goals – a few shy of Sir Bobby Charlton’s Manchester United record.
However, the 31-year-old has experienced a massive drop in form during recent seasons, and has subsequently been dropped from the starting line-up at both club and country levels.
Jose Mourinho, who maintains that he would never sell Wayne Rooney, hasn’t started the skipper in a Premier League match for well over a month. Therefore, most of Rooney’s game time has come in Cup matches.
Everton boss, Ronald Koeman, still believes that Rooney has a lot to offer, and wouldn’t mind seeing him wear an Everton jersey again.
“He’s a great player, he’s still not finished his career,” Koeman said. “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.”
Everton themselves have been experiencing a bad run of form, failing to get a win during their last 4 matches. However, the club still remains 6th in the Premier League table, 1 point above Manchester United.
Koeman also spoke about Everton’s upcoming match against West Ham, stating that it is a ‘must-win’ for the club given their recent run of form.
“We know if you don’t win in four games then you get closer to a must-win game,” said the Dutchman. “We want to turn things around. We’re prepared. It’s not always sunny and everything doesn’t always go right but we need to support each other.”