Everton Confirm Rooney To Join DC United

England record goalscorer Wayne Rooney is to leave Everton for a move to North American team DC United, the US club and the English Premier League outfit announced Thursday.

“Everton and Wayne Rooney have reached an agreement for the player to join MLS (Major League Soccer) side DC United on a permanent transfer,” said a club statement.

“Rooney will complete the formalities of his move when the MLS transfer window opens on July 10.

“From everyone at Everton, we thank Wayne for his service to the club and wish him every success in the next three-and-a-half years with DC United.”

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Rooney To Discuss With Dc Boss Ahead Of His MLS Move 

Everton forward Wayne Rooney will have to leave his family and head to Washington this week to discuss with bosses at Major League Soccer side DC United.

Rooney has reportedly agreed “in principle” to a $17 million (£13 million) deal with the MLS club that would see him leave Everton his boyhood club, just 12 months after rejoining them from Manchester United.

DC United coach Ben Olsen confirmed earlier this month that they would want Rooney to join them in  America but also clais that the agreement “is not done”.

Sam Allardyce said before he was sacked as manager by Everton that Rooney had not asked to leave.

Rooney, currently on holiday in Barbados, is scheduled to be given a tour of the city and meet club bosses, said the Times newspaper.

The striker will also visit DC United’s new stadium, Audi Field, and is likely to speak to Olsen during the “fact-finding” exercise, it said.

Rooney, who first burst onto the scene aged just 16 at Everton, was the club’s top scorer this season with 11 goals but last found the net on December 18.

The former England captain left United last year on a free transfer following 13 trophy-laden years after becoming a peripheral figure under Jose Mourinho.

Wayne Rooney’s Wife Shows Baby Bump

Wayne Rooney and wife Coleen, are currently expecting their fourth child. Coleen unveiled her growing baby bump in a skimpy striped bikini during a family holiday in Mallorca, Spain.

The 31-year-old who’s obviously settling into her pregnancy days after she announced the good news, is currently holidaying with her sons Kai (8), Klay (4) and 19-month-old Kit together with her parents, Colette and Tony McLoughlin.

Rooney In Spotlight On Africa Trip

Wayne Rooney was the centre of attention in Tanzania on Thursday with England’s record goalscorer set to make his first appearance back in an Everton shirt against Kenya’s Gor Mahia.

Rooney rejoined his boyhood club from Manchester United last week on a free transfer after 13 years at Old Trafford. Everton is touring East Africa as part of their preparations for the upcoming Premier League season after signing a deal with Kenyan betting firm SportPesa to become the club’s new shirt sponsor.

The Toffees received a warm welcome after arriving in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday with large numbers of Tanzanian football fans eager to greet Rooney and his new teammates.

Manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed all players making the trip will play at least 45 minutes in the game against the reigning Kenyan champions, which kicks off at 17:00 local time (14:00 GMT).

In May, Everton announced they had penned a five-year sponsorship deal with SportPesa to succeed Thai brewing company, Chang.

“We’re pleased to have secured the biggest commercial partnership deal in the club’s history with an ambitious and growing, global company,” Everton chief executive Robert Elstone said at the time.

“From the outset, we have been impressed by SportPesa and the company’s plans for the future. Over the coming months and years, we will be working closely to realise our ambitions together.”

“We are thrilled to have secured an alignment with Everton, a club weaved prominently throughout the tapestry of world football,” added Ivo Bozukov, director of the global strategy for SportPesa.

SportPesa, which is looking to increase its visibility through the Premier League, is further strengthening its ties with the city of Liverpool by moving its European headquarters there.

The Kenyan company were Hull City’s shirt sponsors last season, but the Tigers were relegated from the top-flight at the end of the 2016-17 campaign. SportPesa also has partnerships with Arsenal and Southampton.

 

 

Source: SuperSport

Rooney Eager to Glory In Everton

Everton forward Wayne Rooney is eager to revive his England career after losing his place in Gareth Southgate’s squad earlier this year due to a lack of playing time at Manchester United.

Former captain Rooney is England’s top scorer with 53 goals but last played for the Lions in the World Cup qualifier against Scotland in November with Southgate omitting him in favour of in-form strikers.

Rooney scored eight goals in 39 matches for United last season as he struggled to beat out the club’s new signings and younger players for a regular starting spot.

The 31-year-old is hopeful of a different scenario after re-joining his boyhood club after 13 years at Old Trafford.

“I love playing for England,” Rooney told reporters during his first press conference for Everton on Monday.

“Of course Gareth had to make a decision… I wasn’t playing the football that I like and I don’t think you should play for your country if you are not playing for your club.

“He told me that, if I get back playing every week, then the door is still open. I want to play for England. I am focused on Everton, getting back playing and doing well and, if I do well, Gareth Southgate will have a decision to make.”

Rooney, who has 119 caps for England, also said that he would be forced to retire from international football if he had moved to a Chinese club.

“If I had gone to China, which was an option, then I would have called it a day. It’s the time difference, the difference in the standard of the league,” Rooney added.

Manchester United Record Breaker Reunite With Everton

Manchester United’s former England soccer captain, and a record breaker Wayne Rooney on Sunday join together with his boyhood club Everton on a two-year deal after 13 trophy-laden years at Old Trafford.

So often a divisive figure, Rooney’s value to the club cause was a hot topic right down to the last, but in all truth, Jose Mourinho handed the skipper’s gradual demise to perfection. Having given him an early opportunity to stake a claim at the start of the 2016-17 campaign he quickly sidelined him but continued to keep him involved. It was an approach which allowed the England captain to bow out gracefully.

Rooney arrived at Old Trafford with a bang. His hat-trick on debut against Fenerbahce in 2004 will never be forgotten by United fans, and he quickly became a key part of the first-team setup. He formed an electric partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side evolved into a team capable of winning a third European Cup triumph.

He feels great to have returned to where it all started from and gives a little talk and says “(Winning trophies with Everton) would be the pinnacle, “I really feel now the club is moving in the right direction, bringing the right calibre of players in. I want to be part of it and hopefully part of a successful Everton team.

“It’s a great feeling to be back. I’m excited, I cannot wait to meet the lads, get on the training pitch and then get on the pitch to play. I’m ecstatic – I just cannot wait to get back playing.”

He returns to Goodison Park destined to be remembered as one of the greatest strikers in Manchester United history. He will return to Old Trafford in Everton blue on September 17, but will always, but always, be a part of the Reds’ history.