The former Red Devils captain is targeting more silverware at Goodison Park after bringing an end to a record-breaking, trophy-laden stay at United
Wayne Rooney says that he wants to win trophies after completing his return to Everton from Manchester United.
Everton confirmed the signing of Rooney on Sunday, revealing that the 31-year-old had put pen to paper on a two-year deal at Goodison Park.
After finally bringing the curtain down on a trophy-laden 13 seasons at Old Trafford, in which he won five Premier Leagues, the Champions League and the Europa League, the striker is now hoping to help his boyhood club win some silverware.
“(Winning trophies with Everton) would be the pinnacle,” Rooney told the club’s official website.
“I really feel now the Club is moving in the right direction, bringing the right calibre of players in. I want to be part of it and hopefully part of a successful Everton team.
“It’s a great feeling to be back. I’m excited, I cannot wait to meet the lads, get on the training pitch and then get on the pitch to play. I’m ecstatic – I just cannot wait to get back playing.”
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 9, 2017
Everton have been busy recruiting new players during the transfer window, with Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez among a host of fresh faces arriving at the Merseyside club alongside Rooney.
And the England captain is feeling buoyed by the business conducted by the club, declaring that the Toffees are “moving forward” towards winning trophies.
“I’m excited, and I’m excited by the signings that the Club have made. This club is moving forward,” continued Rooney. “This football club should be winning trophies and we’re taking huge steps to being involved and trying to win trophies.
“The first game back will be an emotional day for me and I’m looking forward to it. I’m not just coming back because it’s the team I support, the team I grew up playing for – I’m coming back because I feel the Club can move forward and be successful. I want to be part of it.
“There will be pressure on me to perform, but I’m ready to go. I believe I can help move this club forward and be more successful on the pitch.
“With the new stadium in the pipeline, it’s an exciting time to be an Everton player, to be an Everton fan. It’s on us players to make those times even more exciting by giving them good performances and try to help them be successful and bring trophies to the Club.”
Rooney had been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League as it became clear that his future lay away from Manchester United, but the Liverpool native insists that, as soon as Everton were interested in him, they were the only club for him.
“As I’ve said for the last few years, if I left Manchester United, there’s only Everton and Manchester United I’d play for – I wouldn’t play for another Premier League team,” he said.
“I was true to that and I firmly meant that. I didn’t want to play for another club in England other than Everton.
“Once I knew Everton were interested and wanted to sign me, I made my agent aware, ‘Go and speak to them, let’s make it happen. That’s where I want to go’.”
The news of Rooney’s departure from Man United to Everton comes shortly after the Red Devils confirmed that Romelu Lukaku was going the opposite direction.