Richard Dunne: Wayne Rooney would be a brilliant signing for Everton

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester City defender Richard Dunne believes that Wayne Rooney would be a brilliant signing for Everton this summer.

Jose Mourinho recently refused to confirm whether Rooney, whose last Premier League appearances dates back to December, would be at Old Trafford next season.

Such speculation surrounding Rooney’s future has prompted Everton manager Ronald Koeman into expressing an interest in the 31-year-old ahead of a potential summer bid.

And Dunne, speaking on talkSPORT, was quick to advocate the idea of the Englishman ending his career with Everton.

“There is a lot left in Wayne Rooney,” Dunne said. “He has obviously not had a run of games this year but in terms of fitness and ability that is not really in question.

“He just has to look at Ibrahimovic and see how strong and how good he is at his age, 35. Rooney is only 31. It would be a great signing for Everton, if they can get him, but I’m sure there will be a long list of clubs who think Rooney can improve their side.”

The prospect of Rooney ending his career at Everton is indeed nirvana for the footballing romantic: Manchester United and England’s top goalscorer, returning to the place where it began, all those years ago, with that goal against Arsenal.

But make no mistake, life at Everton would be difficult for Rooney: less rest, more time without the ball, more defeats, and a different kind of pressure – an expectation to play a talismanic role at Goodison Park, as opposed to the growingly hypothetical role he has taken at United this season. Supporters will, no doubt, be eager to see how the next chapter of his career unfolds.

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