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Wayne Rooney confirms he has moved from Man United to Everton

Rooney posted this picture to his Facebook page
Rooney posted this picture to his Facebook page

After 13 years at Old TRafford, Wayne Rooney has confirmed he is returning to Everton.

The striker posted an image to his Facebook page showing him putting pen to paper in an Everton shirt with the message: 'Excited to be back at Everton Football Club. Can't wait to meet up with Ronald Koeman and the lads!'

Everton announced Rooney had signed on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Rooney said: "It is some time since I said that the only Premier League club I would play for other than Manchester United was Everton, so I am delighted that the move has happened.

"Thirteen years ago I went to United with the intention of winning trophies and I have been fortunate to be a part of one of the most successful periods in the club's history.

"I have come back to Everton because I believe Ronald Koeman is building a team that can win something and I look forward to playing my part in making that a reality for the club I have supported since a boy."

Everton fans only got to witness two years of Rooney in a blue shirt before he departed in 2004 to join United for a fee that rose to £27m.

It was an exit that left a bitter taste in the mouths of many Evertonians and he endured hostile receptions on his early returns to Goodison Park, which were only cranked up when he twice kissed the United badge at his former home in 2007 and 2008.

As time wore on the hatred abated and Rooney, who has retained a strong affection for both the city and the club, even wore an Everton shirt again for Duncan Ferguson's testimonial in 2015.

A possible return lingered in the background, particularly as Rooney's importance to United decreased, though his whopping wage packet and a likely substantial transfer fee were always seen as a stumbling block.

Yet Everton have already shown their intentions this summer with an early spending spree, and Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane and Sandro Ramirez are now set to be joined by England's most prolific international striker.