Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp believes that Wayne Rooney should leave Manchester United for Everton next summer.
Rooney has struggled to hold down a regular place in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI this season, with his last Premier League start dating back to over a month ago.
The 31-year-old made history over the weekend with an injury time equaliser against Stoke that cemented his status as Man United’s all-time top goalscorer.
And Redknapp, speaking to talkSPORT, claimed that a move to Everton – his former club – would be the ideal way to end his career.
“Mourinho doesn’t see him as a starter,” he said. “He doesn’t think he is better than Zlatan. Maybe it is time for him to have one more challenge – go somewhere where is wanted and going to be a big player.”
“He could go back to his own club Everton. He is an Everton fan. Go back there, finish your career there and take Everton into the Champions League positions. He could go there and turn them into a top four club. He could make the difference.
“He could help these young kids who have come in. Imagine having Rooney back around to help on the park, look after them and teach them the game.”
Rooney will know, deep down, that his time as a regular starter at Old Trafford is up. He has, since the age of 16, played no fewer than 42 games a season, alongside featuring in the spotlight at six major international tournaments, and his legs can no longer bear the strain of playing at the top.
A move to Everton would be something of a sentimental touch to what has been a glittering – and, as of last Saturday, truly historical – career. An adventure overseas, on the other hand, would present Rooney with an entirely different challenge.
United fans will be keen to see how the captain negotiates this next – and perhaps last – chapter of his career in the coming years.