By Toyin Akiode
Wayne Rooney has moved back to boyhood club Everton after leaving almost 13 years ago. Merseyside papers announced the great news yesterday to the delight of the fans who are already aware of the inevitable departure of their main striker, Romelu Lukaku.
During the 2002/2003 season, the teenage Rooney (18 years at the time) announced his big career to the world by scoring a wonder goal against then impervious Arsenal at Goodison Park. That strike ended Arsenal’s unbeaten run.
After that goal, no one was left in doubt about the quality of the fearless and energetic teenager.
Rooney made a transfer request in August 2004, despite Everton having offered him an improved contract valued at £50,000 per week.
With many potential tutors at hand, Everton rejected a bid of £20 million from Newcastle.
Ultimately, Rooney signed for Manchester United at the end of August 2005 after a £25.6 million deal was reached. It was a record fee then to be paid for a teenager.
Sir Alex Ferguson, then manager of United, said that “There were plenty of eyebrows raised” when he persuaded the club’s board of directors to sanction “a multi-million pound” move to try to sign Rooney from Everton.
Way Rooney went ahead to become one of the best players to have ever featured for Manchester United. He played 559 games for the Red Devils and scored 253 goals.
Rooney won five league titles, an FA Cup and UEFA Champions League during a very successful career under Ferguson.
His return to Goodison Park reveals what many already know – That Wayne is not just about the big money (he could have gone to China) but competition and deep love for the game.
Lukaku to Manchester United
It was revealed that Romelu Lukaku undeetook his medicals towards completing an internal British transfer record of £75million to Manchester United from Everton.
The official Twitter handle of the club confirmed that there is already an agreement reached with Everton for the Belgian Transfer. It however went further to say that further announcements would be made in due course.
Journalists have highlighted past experience involving Nigerian, John Mikel Obi as the basis of the coyness from Old Trafford on Lukaku’s move.
All fingers crossed, Manchester United seem to hold the ace this time around with the movement of Rooney to the other side.
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