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Monday 5 December 2016

Koeman: I want Roo

Toffees boss is open to return of United skipper to Goodison

Wayne Rooney, in action for Everton during a testimonial for Duncan Ferguson last year. Picture: PA
Wayne Rooney, in action for Everton during a testimonial for Duncan Ferguson last year. Picture: PA

Goodison Park would put down a welcome mat for Wayne Rooney if growing speculation about the England captain's Manchester United future is true.

Dropped by Jose Mourinho after a humiliating defeat by Watford a month ago, Rooney has been forced to sit and watch while record signing Paul Pogba struggles to adapt and Zlatan Ibrahimovic's star wanes.

In the last few weeks, Rooney has been linked with a huge £500,000-a-week deal to play in China, a move to LA Galaxy to replace Stevie Gerrard and yesterday, with Inter Milan.

But Everton boss Ronald Koeman would be more than open to the idea of Rooney returning to the club he left in 2004 to join United, a possible scenario which also emerged in the last week.

"First of all, I think he is a great player, and he has still not finished his career," said Koeman. "I do not know how his situation is, and I need to respect that situation. That's not my problem.

"But even when we get one time the possibility that Rooney is an option for Everton, I'm very pleased."

When then asked if he was surprised by some of the criticism Rooney has had, Koeman added: "But that is part of football.

"He is enough of an experienced person in football that he knows what can happen and everybody gets periods of critics.

"It is part of football and of the business, and you need to stay calm - that is the best thing you can do."

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