Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has confirmed that Wayne Rooney took a 50 per cent pay cut on his Manchester United wages in order to seal a return to Goodison Park last summer. The 32-year-old had been on a £300,000 weekly salary at Old Trafford and he had to agree upon half the package to realise his comeback with his hometown club.
Everton winter signing Cenk Tosun is pleased to have joined a bigger club after failing to secure a move to Crystal Palace earlier in the summer. The Turkey international was on the radar of the Eagles at the start of the season, but unfortunately, the south London outfit could not finalise a deal with Besiktas.
As a result, the Turk had to wait until the New Year to seal his Premier League move, but he is glad to have joined the Toffees. Speaking on TRT Spor, the 26-year-old highlighted that he is content with the proceedings at his present club, and spoke fondly about Wayne Rooney, who has helped him to settle in Merseyside.
Everton striker Wayne Rooney has paid tribute to former mate Michael Carrick after he announced his proposed retirement at the end of the season. The 36-year-old has barely featured for Manchester United following a heart procedure, and he appears set to take up a backroom role with the Red Devils next season.
Everton striker Wayne Rooney has backed Chelsea to finish in the top-four of the Premier League despite their indifferent form since the turn of the year. The Blues have struggled to put up a long winning run together in 2018, and this sees them hanging onto fourth position, just one points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur.
Turkey international Cenk Tosun is looking to learn from the likes of Wayne Rooney after pursuing his switch to Everton from Besiktas. The Toffees had reached a stumbling block over the asking price for the 27-year-old earlier in the week, but the departure of Ross Barkley allowed them additional funds to finalise the move.
Speaking after his £27m move, Tosun was pleased to have made the switch to Goodison Park, and he is aiming to test himself in the English top-flight. The Turk also spoke about his excitement of learning from the senior players including Wayne Rooney, who has had a strong start on his Toffees comeback.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he was surprised Wayne Rooney retired from international ahead of next summer's World Cup. The 32-year-old called time on his England career earlier this season despite earning a recall from Gareth Southgate. Speaking in the lead-up to the Everton game, Hodgson said that he was turned back by Rooney's decision to retire at an unexpected period, he said: "I thought he would try and continue to get to the next World Cup. I was a little surprised when he retired. I spoke to him then: we texted. These are decisions players have to make.
"I'm not party to all those facts and considerations he's thought about. But one thing I do know is England owes him - he owes England nothing - because he gave his all for England and did more than his fair share of what someone could expect for England. His record alone would put him in that category [of the greatest I have managed]."
Everton's caretaker manager David Unsworth has urged the club's senior players including Wayne Rooney to step up when the Toffees host Watford in the Premier League on Sunday. The Merseyside outfit have lost their last five outings in all competitions, including a 3-0 defeat to Lyon that ended their Europa League qualification hopes.
The likes of Rooney, Leighton Baines, and Phil Jagielka were left out of the midweek defeat to Les Gones, but Unsworth has hinted that the trio will be involved this weekend where they face a crucial game versus Marco Silva's Watford. He said, "We've got a few young players in and around the squad as well so their importance to those young players is vital. Anytime you go into big games, and Sunday's a big game, a cup final for me, you always need your senior players who you can rely on and trust."
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Wayne Rooney has no fracture on his hand after he was left in pain during the 2-2 draw against Apollon Limassol.
The Toffees looked on course for three points in the latter stages of the Europa League encounter, but Limassol found the key equaliser with just ten men. Koeman has since insisted that his side are scared of playing on the front foot, but he is looking to turn things around ahead of this weekend's clash against Burnley.
Wayne Rooney believes Romelu Lukaku is the perfect signing for Manchester United following his recruitment from Everton earlier this summer.
The Belgium international joined the Red Devils for an initial £75m, and his arrival permitted Rooney to seal a return to boyhood club Everton.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Rooney said that Lukaku is the perfect player for his former side as he has the right physique and goal scoring potential to improve the squad, he said: "For that United side, he is the perfect player. He is powerful, quick and strong and he scores goals, so certainly will improve that team."
Liverpool faced Hoffenheim to get through the final round of UEFA Champions League qualifiers without the services of Phillipe Coutinho.
After an opening day Premier League clash with Marcos Silva’s Watford that ended with Britos equalizing for the Hornets at the dead end of the match, the Reds were under immense pressure to quickly get their defensive act together if they were to have the chance of participating in a tournament they toiled day and night to be part of last season.