Well this has possibly been the worst secret of the summer but it certainly took it’s sweet time to come to fruition – Everton have today confirmed Wayne Rooney’s departure to MLS side DC United.
Goodbye and good luck, Wayne! ????
— Everton (@Everton) June 28, 2018
The speculation has been rumbling on for weeks, so quite what the delay actually was, in reality, is beyond me, but suffice to say Rooney has now officially left the club.
Having returned to Everton and Finch Farm where it all began for the former England man in the summer of 2017, it’s fair to say he didn’t have the greatest of seasons in 2017/18 given where and how he was presumably asked to play but he did still manage 11 goals in 36 starting appearances, and he also made four substitute showings in the Premier League itself.
With it being all change this summer, the departure of Sam Allardyce didn’t change Rooney’s mind about staying as speculation had originally suggested but it’s fair to say some reports say it was is choice, others say Marco Silva had no place for him next season.
The move is permanent although the fee and the arrangement remains undisclosed and the 32-year-old will stay in Everton’s history books for many more years to come – not least the record of being our youngest ever goalscorer at 16-years-old when he put two past Wrexham in the League Cup back in October 2002. He also departs England with 208 goals meaning he’s the Premier League’s second-highest goalscorer since the rebrand.
Good luck Wayne, left too soon and came back too late, it was nice seeing you in a blue shirt again, thanks for the memories.
— Hala Madrid ???????? (@MainManMori) June 28, 2018
Good luck Wayne. I'm sure we will see you back as a coach in a few years
— Catty (@CattyWhites) June 28, 2018
This is a big statement getting rid of a player like Rooney and his wage bill is good
— dylan davies (@dylanjd14) June 28, 2018
Bye man …. we will miss you bro
— Harshit Nanda (@HN10Nanda) June 28, 2018
It was amazing seeing @WayneRooney back in a blue shirt, albeit for only one season. Scoring a hat-trick at Goodison, plus the penalty at Anfield are moments @Everton fans dream of doing. Good luck in the @MLS and come back soon! #Rooney ????????
— David John Bignall (@dbignall85) June 28, 2018
Shame to see him go really. After the career he’s had, it deserved a fairy tale ending back at his boyhood club. Thanks for the extra season, Wayne & good luck.
— James Hewitt ???????????????????????????? (@JB_Hewitt) June 28, 2018
All the best @WayneRooney always wanted you to come back and the first half of last season was exactly the reason why. Lots of goals, winners and a goal at anfield. Enjoy the MLS and we'll see you in couple years #Hero
— Mike Leslie (@PtkToffee) June 28, 2018