Date: 28th June 2018 at 4:45pm
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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.

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.