Former Everton striker Wayne Rooney says that he would have stayed at Goodison Park if the club had not made it clear that they wanted him to leave this summer.
Rooney joined DC United after a season-long return to Everton where he endured a tough season under first Ronald Koeman, and then Sam Allardyce. But he was top scorer in a poor season and felt he had plenty to contribute to the Blue cause.
“Obviously at Manchester United that [playing] wasn’t happening as much as I would have liked and I quite easily could have stayed there with two years left on my contract and picked up the wages and been happy with that and that’s it,” said Rooney.
“But 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.
“For whatever reason, I still don’t know. I felt I was doing okay, I was top goal scorer [despite] playing most of the season from midfield.
“But that’s football. And that gave me a decision to make, and I made this decision.”
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