Roberto Martinez laughs off suggestion of Wayne Rooney return

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney will return to his boyhood club this weekend when the Red Devils face Everton. 

The England captain left Goodison Park for Old Trafford in 2004 in a deal worth £27 million and has gone on to score 235 goals for the club.

His relationship with the Toffees took a hit during his early days under Sir Alex Ferguson after he kissed the Manchester United badge during a game on Merseyside.


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However, in recent years the relationship has improved and Rooney pulled on a blue shirt for the first time since his departure in Duncan Ferguson's testimonial back in August.

During the game, the 29-year-old was given a rousing reception by the Goodison fans and there have been suggestions throughout his career that he could one day return.

But in his press conference before Everton's tie with Manchester United, Roberto Martinez laughed off thoughts of Rooney making the move back anytime soon.

He said, as per Everton's official YouTube channel: "Well, I don't know what testimonials we've got coming up. At the moment we all know he is the captain of Manchester United and represents Manchester United.

"But, in the same way, he came through the ranks at Everton and he represents an aspiration and a dream for any youngster that plays in our academy, so you can understand that link, but that is as far as it goes."


Maybe one day the boyhood blue will return to Goodison, but for now he will be solely focused on taking all three points back to Manchester. 

Rooney missed both of England's meaningless Euro 2016 qualifier during the international break but is expected to return for United.

His position in the side is under scrutiny following a poor start to the season and there is no better place for him to address the issue.

However, Rooney has only scored two goals in ten visits to Everton and has not scored since United's 4-2 win back in April 2007.

Will Wayne Rooney get on the scoresheet against his former club? Have your say in the comments section below!

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