On Sunday lunchtime, Everton put an end to months of speculation by confirming the return of Wayne Rooney to Goodison Park. The striker has put pen to paper on a two year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Ronald Koeman has already brought in several exciting names to his squad this summer, with Rooney likely to have a leading role after well over a decade at Old Trafford, having moved there for £30 million in 2004.
Whether or not Rooney will be a first team regular remains to be seen, though his experience will be invaluable even if it is from the bench.
In what may have been a disappointing end to his career in Manchester, only playing in the final moments of the victorious Europa League final against Ajax, Rooney will now look to rebuild his reputation as a capable Premier League player and try to salvage a place in the England squad for the 2018 World Cup.
Having lost his place in the England squad under Gareth Southgate, Rooney will want to recover his role as England captain having lost his captaincy at club level by moving back to Merseyside.
A controversial but important figure in English football since his emergence in the early 2000s, such a move is bound to attract attention and interesting reaction, particularly on social media.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news…
Everton confirmed the signing on Sunday…
— Everton (@Everton) July 9, 2017
To the joy of Everton fans…
— MarcoSilvaCanShagMyWife (@FinKitch) July 9, 2017
How is Wayne Rooney only 31! Great signing for Everton still a World class player that went a bit stale at Man U.
— Martin Page (@MartinKPage) July 9, 2017
Feel like an 8 year old again. Over the fucking moon ?
— Keisha Campbell ?? (@keisha_efc) July 9, 2017
Absolutely buzzing ??
— Joe (@efcjoe_) July 9, 2017
And sadness of United fans…
A tweet of 140 characters simply cannot define what Rooney has achieved at the club and what he means to the fans. #ThankYouRooney
— Asif. (@Asif9707) July 9, 2017
— Raees Ka Fan (@SRKIAN_7) July 9, 2017
Everton fans see the deal as a statement of intent…
— School of Science (@SOS1878) July 8, 2017
United fans had praise for Jose Mourinho’s management of the situation…
You have to give it José Mourinho and how he's handled Rooney's situation. Knew he was past his best and eased a club legend out smoothly.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) July 8, 2017
Mourinho deserves huge credit for his handling of Rooney. He phased him out, gave him a dignified exit & always showed him respect.
— Pilib De Brún (Phil Brown) (@Malachians) July 8, 2017
And they were sad to see their hero go…
I'm sorry, Rooney, in his prime, was quite possibly the most complete Center forward the PL has seen. Aguero doesn't hold a candle to him
— Labile (@UtdLabile) July 7, 2017
Wayne Rooney at Man Utd:
CLUB WORLD CUP?
— Yousha Bassa (@Bassa_UTD) July 8, 2017
Though they recognise he’s not the player he once was…
It's a shame for those younger, only seeing Rooney from 2013-2017. There were moments up until 2012 where he was genuinely world class.
— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) July 9, 2017
Wayne Rooney: No Premier League player has been dispossessed more times than Rooney (484) since August 2009 pic.twitter.com/6uByxsBuTW
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 9, 2017
But he still has the respect of neutrals…
When there's footballers that are looking at China/MLS to earn huge?, Rooney took a pay cut in order to return to his boyhood club. Respect!
— Wicky (@Wicknes007) July 9, 2017
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