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Everton’s Ronald Koeman Opens Door For Wayne Rooney Return

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Wayne Rooney of Everton and Manchester United runs on to the pitch as he replaces Tom Cleverley of Everton during the Duncan Ferguson Testimonial match between Everton and Villarreal at Goodison Park on August 2, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Wayne Rooney’s days at Manchester United look to be numbered as he faces the reality that Jose Mourinho is building a dynasty at Old Trafford and the 31-year-old is not central to the process.

Manchester United won the EFL Cup at Wembley on Sunday. With Wayne Rooney as club captain, lifting the trophy aloft after defeating Southampton, it was Chris Smalling who walked his side out onto the Wembley pitch, while Rooney was an unused sub.

The Guardian report Everton boss Ronald Koeman would be keen on bringing the Everton man home, if the player feels his time is up in Manchester. Speaking on Sky Sports, the former Barcelona star would not rule out a summer move.

“I believe that Wayne Rooney is still playing at a high level. I think he made a good choice to stay at Manchester United and in the Premier League because he has still two or three years in front of him to play on a high level.

“What will happen at the end of the season? I don’t know but in my opinion he is one of the players who can make Everton stronger. It’s all about what the player likes, what Manchester United needs to do, and we are not involved in that project. But every player that we at Everton think can make the team stronger is welcome to Everton.”

LIVERPOOL - DECEMBER 14:  Wayne Rooney of Everton celebrates scoring their second goal during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Everton and Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park on December 14, 2002 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images).

Rooney held his testimonial at Old Trafford last season where he played his beloved boyhood side. While some Everton fans were distraught at the sale of their prized asset in 2004 to Manchester United, the vast majority would welcome his experience and leadership and trust Koeman is taking the club to the next level.

Everton Director of Football, Steve Walsh also refused to dismiss the possibility of the England captain returning to the club he first joined aged nine.

“Wayne Rooney is one of the greatest players that has ever played the game in England and for us not to be interested would be wrong. He started his career here and if the opportunity arose that he could come back and it sat well with everyone, it is something we would consider.

“He is a class apart, he sees things, and all the things that have been said about Wayne are true. He comes into that category of being one of England’s greatest ever players, so why wouldn’t we be interested?

“I think the whole thing would be euphoric. I think we could sell a lot of shirts, that’s for sure. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Wayne is contracted to Manchester United and made a decision to continue to play for them. Let’s wait and see what happens in the future.”

Rooney has won five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one Champions League and after Sunday’s victory the player now has three League Cup’s to his name.

Having broken Sir Bobby Charlton’s goal scoring record this season, Rooney may feel he has reached the end of the road in Manchester with news of Everton’s interest sure to be more appealing to the family man, rather than taking the popular China route.

Damien McEvoy Pundit Arena

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