Wayne Rooney flies out to America for medical ahead of MLS move

Close Wayne Rooney is closing in on a move to MLS side DC United with the player arriving in America

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Wayne Rooney is closing in on a move to MLS side DC United with the player arriving in America for a medical and talks on Thursday.

The Englishman secured an emotional return to boyhood club Everton last summer having brought his Manchester United career to an end.

The player was said to be earning in the region of £150,000 at the Merseyside club and his performances this season haven’t exactly lived up to what some expect.

The former Man United talisman started the season well, with several important goals eventually taking him to the tally of 11 for the season.

Though, his form has dipped in 2018 and has found his time on the pitch limited by Sam Allardyce.

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Off the wage bill

Reports also suggested that Farhad Moshiri supported Allardyce in that the player was not performing to the level they expected when they brought him in.

With that in mind and the player earning £150,000, reports suggested this week that Everton were seemingly pushing Rooney out the door.

They were hoping that even with Allardyce leaving, they would be able to get the player off the wage bill.

Now, according to Sky Sports, that looks to be going ahead.

That is because they claim Rooney his agent Paul Stretford will be in the states on Thursday to possibly finalise a deal.

While they state that a transfer fee has not been agreed yet and it’s not a done deal, a medical suggests a deal is close.

Sam Allardyce gives update on Wayne Rooney’s MLS move

Heading for the states Everton boss Sam Allardyce has his say on suggestions that Wayne Rooney has agreed a deal

Heading for the states

Everton boss Sam Allardyce has his say on suggestions that Wayne Rooney has agreed a deal to leave the club for MLS side DC United.

The Englishman only joined the club last summer from Manchester United and it was expected he would spearhead a charge into the top four of the Premier League.

Though, the club were instead in a relegation battle for most of the season and ultimately did not even finish as the best of the rest.

Now, Wayne Rooney has reportedly agreed a deal to join DC United in the summer after becoming frustrated with his role at the club.

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Allardyce denies Rooney rift

It has been said that Rooney has become frustrated with manager Sam Allardyce substituting him many times this season.

Rooney seemingly wants to remain a key member of the squad and now seems to doubt that is the case.

Though, Allardyce has revealed that there is no problem between him and the player and that the player has not asked to leave yet.

“My understanding of the situation is there seems to have been some negotiation somewhere along the line but, in terms of clarity as to whether Wayne is leaving or staying, I’ll find out later today when Wayne comes in for training,” he explained in his press conference.

“I don’t get involved in anything regarding transfers in or out or negotiations.

“All I know is there appears to be an interest from DC United – where that is, where that lies and where Wayne lies with it, I can’t tell you at the moment.

“I am always comfortable if any player wants to leave or if any player doesn’t want to leave. But let’s put this right: Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave and neither has Wayne Rooney had any confrontation with me or been in any difficult situation in the time since I’ve been here because we are two adults and we talk.”

Rooney Strikes ‘Deal In Principle’ In MLS Move

Everton’s English striker Wayne Rooney                               

Everton’s English striker Wayne Rooney                                                                       Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

Wayne Rooney has agreed a “deal in principle” to join Major League Soccer side DC United from Premier League club Everton, reports said Thursday.

It has been suggested a £12.5 million ($17 million) deal has been agreed that could see the 32-year-old leave his boyhood club just 12 months after rejoining them from Manchester United.

Reports say Rooney has been offered a contract until the end of the 2020 season, although the MLS transfer window does not open until July.

DC United are currently rock-bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference table with five points from seven games.

Earlier this week, Everton manager Sam Allardyce said he wanted England’s and Manchester United’s record goalscorer to see out the final year of his contract next season.

“There have been rumours about Wayne going abroad, China or America. It would have to be massive for him to want leave Everton,” the Toffees boss told talkSPORT.

Allardyce and Rooney have had their differences and the player’s show of dissent when substituted in April’s Merseyside derby resulted in clear-the-air talks between the pair.

Rooney, who first burst onto the scene aged just 16 at Everton, is the club’s top scorer this season with 11 goals but he has not scored since December 18.

Allardyce has played him in a midfield role in the second half of the season in an attempt to inject some creativity into the team but that has impacted on the player’s personal form and led to growing frustration.

Neither Everton nor Rooney’s agents were available for comment, while sources at DC United said they did not comment on player speculation.

The former England captain left United last year on a free transfer following 13 trophy-laden years after becoming a peripheral figure under Jose Mourinho.

He talked about how he wanted to play a part in Everton winning silverware after a long trophy drought, dating back to their 1995 FA Cup win.

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Wayne Rooney’s Everton future hinges on managerial decision

Reassurances Wayne Rooney’s future at Everton could be in doubt with reports this week suggesting serious talks with MLS side

Reassurances

Wayne Rooney’s future at Everton could be in doubt with reports this week suggesting serious talks with MLS side DC United have taken place.

The Englishman remains the Toffees’ top goalscorer this season but has failed to set the world alight at Goodison Park.

Playing in a deeper role in the team, he has had both good and bad periods this season.

Now, reports have stated that the player could be on his way out of the club this summer with suggestions a move to the MLS is on the cards.

Though, a report from the Liverpool Echo has suggested that he is not looking to leave the club this summer.

However, he is looking for assurances from the Everton boss, whoever that may be next season.

The player has fallen down the pecking order at times this season and wants to be assured he will remain a key player.

Though, that could soon change if Sam Allardyce is sacked and another manager brought in.

So, Wayne Rooney will have to wait for the managerial situation to be solved before he can solve his own future.

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Allardyce uncertainty

Sam Allardyce could well be sacked by Everton over the next couple of months.

Uncertainty around his future has been around for several weeks despite the club finishing 8th in a relegation-threatened season.

Everton fans are unhappy with his style of play and do not think he is the manager to take them forward and hopefully into the top six.

Though, there is one name that has been linked as his replacement today.

Sam Allardyce

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He’s off: Everton regret Wayne Rooney’s Man United move

Wayne Rooney’s Man United to Everton ‘gamble’ backfires According to the Mirror on Sunday, Wayne Rooney could be on the

Wayne Rooney’s Man United to Everton ‘gamble’ backfires

According to the Mirror on Sunday, Wayne Rooney could be on the move again this summer.

Rooney made an emotion return to Everton from Man United 12 months ago.

And Rooney started his second stint at Goodison Park in fine goalscoring form.

Indeed, he remains Everton’s top goalscorer in the Premier League this season with 10 goals in 31 appearances.

Rooney, who is 32 and under contract with Everton until 2019, has scored 11 goals and chipped in with three assists in 39 matches in all competitions.

Yet, the Mirror tell their readers that Rooney is up for sale again the summer.

Where will Wayne Rooney go?

Interestingly the Mirror fail to note a single possible destination for Rooney if he leaves Everton this summer.

Could Rooney head to the MLS or Asia for a final chapter in his career?

Summing up how Everton view Rooney’s season, readers are told the following:

Everton will listen to offers for Wayne Rooney as part of a shock summer revolution which could also lead to the departures of manager Sam Allardyce and chairman Bill Kenwright.

It was theatre impresario ­Kenwright who brought Rooney back to the club from ­Manchester United last summer.

But the gamble has misfired, with the Everton coaching staff believing that, despite the ­player’s commitment, Rooney’s impact at the age of 32 has not fulfilled expectations.

But there’s more.

The Mirror also tout the suggestion that Sam Allardyce and Bill Kenwright could also leave Goodison Park in the summer.

When it comes to suggesting who Everton’s manager may be at the start of the season, three names are forwarded: Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonseca, Marco Silva and Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe.

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Rooney Chose Everton ‘Pressure’ Over China Payday

FILE PHOTO Wayne Rooney   Wayne Rooney says he chose the “pressure” of returning to boyhood club Everton over a

FILE PHOTO Wayne Rooney

 

Wayne Rooney says he chose the “pressure” of returning to boyhood club Everton over a massive payday in China when he left Manchester United.

The former England captain was linked with a move to the Far East in the final months of his career at Old Trafford but eventually decided on an emotional homecoming 13 years after leaving Goodison Park.

Rooney, 32, told the BBC’s Football Focus programme he decided against seeing out his career “earning a lot of money” overseas.

“That’s not me, I need those goals, I need that pressure. That desire to play would have been lost if I’d chosen that other option,” he said.

“I knew that coming back to Everton was more pressure — that’s what I wanted.

“I wanted to prove myself again to the Everton fans and to try to help this club move forward and win silverware. I think it was the perfect fit for me and hopefully, in the next two or three years we can do that.”

Last month manager Sam Allardyce suggested he could not play Rooney and £45 million ($63 million, 51 million euros) summer signing Gylfi Sigurdsson in the same side.

That led to Rooney spending a couple of matches on the bench but the past two games he has started, in a deeper role, resulted in the club’s only two wins in the past 10 fixtures and it now seems Allardyce is open to the options he can offer.

“The one thing which stays is my attitude to playing, my attitude to win, but of course you change and adapt your game and that’s what I feel I’ve done over the last few years,” Rooney said.

“Two years ago, I thought my best position to play was midfield, and that’s starting to happen now.”

Rooney played 559 times for United, becoming their all-time leading goalscorer with 253 goals, winning five Premier League titles and the Champions League.

He said he has followed the example of former United team-mate Ryan Giggs, who retired from playing at 40.

“I’ve learnt that you can manage yourself in training like Ryan did,” he said. “He was there in every session but he managed it. You know when to run, when to make a 50-yard sprint and when not to. It’s just having that awareness about yourself.

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Wayne Rooney Reveals Sacrifice He Made For Ronaldo

Former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, has revealed the sacrifices he made at Manchester United while Portuguese star Ronaldo was

Former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, has revealed the sacrifices he made at Manchester United while Portuguese star Ronaldo was at the club.

The Everton striker was a pundit on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football and he discussed the aspects of his game that he changed to accommodate the Real Madrid forward.

The twosome played five seasons together at Old Trafford, winning three Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy.

Rooney discussed sacrificing part of his attacking role to defend, so the five-time Ballon d’Or winner would not have to.

On Sky Sports, Rooney said: “If you’ve got Cristiano Ronaldo in your team, you don’t take away from him what he’s best – and that’s being fresh and being ready when win the ball getting to score you a goal.

“If you’re asking Cristiano Ronaldo to chase full-backs and run back in you’re taking a lot away from his game.
“It probably does [take a lot from Rooney’s game], but at the time he was the more dangerous player and he’s the one who’s going to produce that magic which is going to win us games.

“As a I said before we’re a team you didn’t mind doing that. He added that Carlos Tevez also had to contibute defensively to accomodate Ronaldo. “We had a good compromise because me and Tevez would do a lot more work defensively than Cristiano.

“But with Cristiano, you knew he would win us those big games with the big moments. With any other player, you probably wouldn’t but with Cristiano, he was that good you had to accommodate him. “I would gladly do that for him to score big goals and help us win trophies.”

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