Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney could make a stunning return to Goodison Park before the end of his career, according to Everton chairman Bill Kenwright.
Despite his acrimonious departure from the club ten years ago, Kenwright told the BBC he is open to the idea of a Rooney return - but that it would always be the manager's decision in the end.
"He comes back to Goodison. He's an Evertonian and his family are. He is welcome to come back."
"In all honesty, all I ever do is advise. I am not sidestepping the question. It is always going to be Roberto Martinez's choice."
The England captain came through the Everton academy and exploded onto the scene during Euro 2004. His form in the tournament secured a £27million move to Manchester United.
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Since then, the 29-year-old has gone from strength to strength, winning five Premier League titles and a Champions League.
More recently, Rooney won his 100th cap and scored in the 3-1victory over Slovenia on Saturday and is now just six goals away from becoming England's all-time top scorer.
Rooney signed a new five-and-a-half year contract, worth up to £300,000 a week in February so it is extremely unlikely any deal will be made anytime soon and the striker will feel he can still compete at the top level for a few more years yet.
However in five years time a return could be on the cards if the Evertonians can forgive Rooney for leaving the club so early on in his career.
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