Former England captain Wayne Rooney is returning to his boyhood club Everton, thirteen years after he left to join Manchester United.
The striker, who has struggled with form in recent seasons, has signed a two year contract with Everton on a free transfer, as the covetted Romelu Lukaku heads in the opposite direction in a deal reportedly worth up to £90 million.
Rooney, who won an array of trophies at United, said Everton will not be his retirement home.
He revealed that his passion for his childhood club never faded, saying: “It feels great and to be honest I have kept it quiet for the last 13 years but I actually have been wearing Everton pyjamas at home with my kids so I had to keep that a bit quiet.”
“But it is great, it feels as special as it did 13 years ago and I am just looking forward to getting on the pitch wearing it now,” he continued.
Everton Manager Ronald Koeman said: “I spoke to Wayne several days ago and he was desperate to come back. I think he has showed me and he will show to everybody how much he likes Everton and to come back, to his home, and he is still 31 and I didn’t have any doubts about his qualities. It is all about his fitness, his desire but he has shown me that ambition and what we need. He knows how to win titles.”