Wayne Rooney dismissed any doubts that his return to Goodison Park would serve as a swansong to his career as one of the Premier League’s best.
Rooney’s return to the club was confirmed yesterday, signing a two-year deal, and he is ready and raring to go for the Blues first Premier League game on August 12th.
Rooney was firm in his commitment to making an impact at the club he left back in 2004, speaking at his first press conference since returning.
“I’m not coming here to a retirement home, I’m here and ready to play.
“Other options were available but once I knew that Ronald Koeman wanted me there was only one place I wanted to go.”
Everton have led the way in Premier League transfers this summer, with Davy Klaassen, Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Sandro Ramirez and Henry Onyekuru all joining.
“These are exciting times ahead for the club, we are signing the right players and moving forward”, Rooney added.
With the influx of new faces at the club, particularly in attack, Rooney said the decision on his role in the team laid firmly with Koeman.
“I will just have to wait and see where I will play, as that will be up to Ronald Koeman.”
Rooney was in relaxed yet focused mood as he faced the media, adding that he was not yet in shape for the new season but that he would be ready to go when the season begins next month.
Blues boss Koeman echoed Rooney’s comments that the transfer was not motivated by sentiment, but simply by football reasons.
“His qualities are the most important factor behind his return. His experience to win titles is something really important for Everton.
“Wayne was desperate to come back, he likes the pressure, he is used to it. Some players need that pressure to get the best out of themselves.”
More signings are expected before the Blues host Stoke City on the opening day of the season, however Koeman refused to be drawn on the speculation surrounding Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.
Everton will step up their interest in Icelandic midfielder Sigurdsson this week, despite rumours that Leicester City could swoop in at the last minute to scupper the deal.
Everton’s pre-season campaign gets underway on Thursday against Gor Mahia in Tanzania, and Rooney could be set for his second Everton debut in the friendly.
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