Wayne Rooney reveals the truth about his departure from Everton

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With non-stop World Cup matches taking place pretty much every day for the past month, it’s very easy to forget all about club football.

However, the transfer window has been open throughout this summer’s tournament and some pretty big moves have happened while everyone is focusing on proceedings in Russia.

Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo making a £99 million move from Real Madrid to Juventus made everyone sit up and take notice.

How could it not?

But one high-profile transfer that may have gone relatively unnoticed due to the World Cup is Wayne Rooney’s £12 million move from his boyhood club Everton to DC United.

Rooney only returned to Goodison Park last summer but lasted just one season, despite finishing the campaign as the club’s top goalscorer.

And in an interview with ESPN, Rooney has revealed that it certainly wasn’t his choice to leave Everton for a second time and he’s still not sure why the club wanted to get rid of him.


"I wanted to play, went back to Everton and had a year there, then as I've said before, Everton made it clear towards the end of the season that they'd be happy for me to leave,” Rooney explained.

"For whatever reason, I still don't know. I felt I was doing OK, I was top goalscorer [despite] playing most of the season from midfield, so...


"But that's football. And that gave me a decision to make, and I made this decision.

“Well I said to Everton, I said, 'Listen, I'm not a kid and if this [leaving the club] is what you want, tell me. If you want me to stay, tell me' and we talked about it.

"As an 18, 20, 21-year-old, obviously I wouldn't have been able to handle that the way I have now. And they told me and I said 'Fair enough.' I'm not going to disrespect the football club.

"So this option became available as well as a few different ones, and I just felt this was the right one."

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You’ve got to feel a bit sorry for Rooney when you hear his side of the story.

He clearly didn’t want to leave his beloved club and appears to have been forced out the door.

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