Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Wayne Rooney's career in England 'perfect', says Jose Mourinho

Wayne Rooney's career in England 'perfect', says Jose Mourinho

Although Rooney is Everton's top goalscorer this season with 11 strikes in all competitions, the former Manchester United striker has not found the net since December, spending time on the bench and being forced to deny a rift with manager Sam Allardyce.

"When he made it at boyhood club Everton the world was surprised with that kid", said Mourinho.

Everton forward Wayne Rooney is in talks over a move to MLS club DC United, according to reports.

Rooney's return to his beloved Everton last summer was meant to provide an emotional final flourish to a magnificent career. It would have to be massive for him to want to leave Everton'.

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

He reacted angrily to being substituted against Liverpool in a 0-0 draw last month.

"We talk to the player about that situation, whoever it might be, and say levels have to be lifted".

He spent 13 seasons at Manchester United after signing from Everton as an 18-year-old, becoming their record goalscorer and winning five Premier League titles and the Champions League.

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"In MLS you have always some iconic players that are going to end their careers there", said Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who coached Rooney in his final season at Old Trafford. Now you have Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) and Wayne.

The pair were then reunited at Manchester United when Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. "He's stocky, well made".

Rooney's apparent decision to see out his career elsewhere suggests he is not even bothering to discover how Allardyce's own Goodison Park power struggle plays out, with many supporters keen for a new manager to be brought in this summer.

Rooney, 32, has played for England's national team since 2000 and in the EPL since 2002.

"I have had to come here and work hard and get fit, make sure that I keep performing to play well".

Rooney re-joined Everton in July 2017.

One year on, it may be even more hard to succeed.

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