Rooney says that Koeman had a huge influence on his return to Everton

Rooney says that Koeman had a huge influence on his return to Everton

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Wayne Rooney starts with great ambitions to the season for Everton. According to the attacker has manager Ronald Koeman played a large role in his decision to return.

“Koeman has had a lot of influence. When it became clear that I Manchester would start to leave, Ronald a few times to let you know how much he wanted to me,” says the 31-year-old Rooney, who, after thirteen years at Manchester United back to the club where he at the age of 16 made his debut.

“The words of Koeman have a big impact on me. Several clubs showed interest, but once it became clear that Everton wanted to me that was the only option for me.”

“When I was with Ronald spoke, I saw in his eyes how badly he wanted to me. Then it was a no-brainer for me. Everton was the only club where I wanted.”

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Rooney signed Sunday a two-year contract at the club where he, as a 9-year-old in the youth academy came to be. The top scorer of all times of England with 53 hits has looking forward to the season starting for Everton.

“It’s great to be back. I’m excited and can’t wait to get my new teammates to meet. The club has strengthened and has the way up used. This club would prices need to win and we put some big steps to compete for the prizes.”

Last season ended Everton to seventh place in the Premier League, leaving the team this summer in the preliminary round of the Europa League suits. Top scorer Lukaku left for Manchester United, Rooney takes the number ten of the Belgian striker.

Winning mentality

Koeman also got midfielder Davy Klaassen (Ajax), goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (Sunderland), striker Sandro Ramirez (Malaga) and defender Michael Keane (Burnley) all to Goodison Park. But the Dutchman has perhaps the most expectations of Rooney.

“Wayne has the ambition and winning mentality that we need at Everton”, think Koeman. “I am happy that he is here, because he knows how it is to win prizes.”

“All of our players are only Klaassen in the Netherlands and Gareth Barry to Manchester City in the Premier League is already champion.”

Rooney can Thursday his comeback at Everton in the first practice duel of the season against Gor Mahia FC from Kenya. On Wednesday, July 19, plays the team of Koeman’s friendly against FC Twente. The Premier League starts for Everton on Saturday, 12 August with a home match against Stoke City.

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