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Manchester United ambassadorial role will remain open for Wayne Rooney

• Old Trafford post on offer after retirement despite player joining Everton
• Rooney is club’s record goalscorer and still viewed as an ideal ambassador

Wayne Rooney still has the offer of an ambassadorial role at Manchester United on retirement despite having left the club for Everton.

When signing his last agreement at Old Trafford in February 2014, Rooney expected to finish his playing career at United. The terms also included an ambassadorial position but the contractually binding nature of this ended when the player left for Goodison Park.

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Ronald Koeman seeks finishing touch to Everton’s £150m spending spree | Andy Hunter

Even if Everton capture Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, the big-spending Blues must still land a prolific striker after Romelu Lukaku’s departure

Everton’s spending will break the £150m barrier should they finally meet Swansea’s asking price for Gylfi Sigurdsson but the cost of challenging the Champions League clique is likely to rise higher. Not even the return of Wayne Rooney to Goodison Park, with his throwback goal in Tanzania, deflects from the need to reconstruct Ronald Koeman’s attack following the exit of Romelu Lukaku. The finishing touches of an unprecedented spree could prove the most important.

Related: Swansea warn Everton over Sigurdsson and raise question of tapping up

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Wayne Rooney rekindles his Everton love affair and wants to play up front

Wayne Rooney revealed he is looking forward to the Merseyside derby more than going back to Old Trafford and also that he wants his England place back

If nothing else, it was a more polished performance than the first time Wayne Rooney staged his own press conference, on a January evening in 2003 and the occasion of his first professional deal for Everton. At 17, Rooney was so unprepared for the barrage of flashing cameras the words stuck in his throat and his audience could hardly hear him speak. David Moyes told him off for chewing gum and there was an awkward moment, after his first uncertain words, when he reached for the bottle of water on his table. Rooney was about to swig straight from it until Moyes intervened. “Pour it in the glass, Wayne,” came the advice.

Related: Wayne Rooney and Everton are well placed for a fruitful and warm reunion | Nick Ames

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Wayne Rooney: Everton is not a retirement home, I’m here to win

• Rooney desperate to play after losing regular place at Manchester United
• 31-year-old hopes to force way back into the England squad

Wayne Rooney said on Monday he did not view Everton as a “retirement home” but had returned to win trophies and with the ambition of forcing his way back into the England squad.

Rooney rejoined his boyhood club from Manchester United on Sunday and the 31-year-old trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Monday.

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Wayne Rooney: Everton is not a retirement home, I’m here to win

• Rooney desperate to play after losing regular place at Manchester United
• 31-year-old hopes to force way back into the England squad

Wayne Rooney said on Monday he did not view Everton as a “retirement home” but had returned to win trophies and with the ambition of forcing his way back into the England squad.

Rooney rejoined his boyhood club from Manchester United on Sunday and the 31-year-old trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Monday.

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Wayne Rooney: Everton was the only club I wanted to join – video

Wayne Rooney says Everton was the only club he wanted to join following his move from Manchester United to Goodison Park at the weekend. The 31-year-old rejoins his boyhood club 13 years after leaving Merseyside for Manchester. Rooney, who became United’s all-time leading scorer during his time at Old Trafford, also admits he has been sleeping in Everton pyjamas since leaving the club

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Wayne Rooney: a Manchester United great who departs to muted applause

The striker is leaving for Everton as a record scorer and multiple trophy winner but a large constituency of fans will not mourn his departure

The oddity of Wayne Rooney’s glittering 13-year Manchester United career is that he departs for Everton to only muted applause. Despite a record that features a glut of trophies and personal achievements a strong sense of “Ta-ra Wayne, it’s about time” prevails among supporters.

This can be traced to the perception Rooney never adopted the fitness regime required to reach the heights of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and the disquiet he caused when twice in three years nearly exiting the club.

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Wayne Rooney and Everton are well placed for a fruitful and warm reunion | Nick Ames

Everton fans have been booing their prodigal son since his departure 13 years ago, but the old warmth should not be hard to reignite

The Goodison Park roof was not quite wrenched from its fittings when Wayne Rooney made his return to Everton colours, but perhaps it loosened enough to sow the seeds for what passed two years later. Rooney had felt some apprehension before donning the kit for Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial in August 2015, aware that his presence had hardly been greeted with universal joy on those annual visits with Manchester United; when it came around, though, the applause was warm and the chants from the Gwladys Street Stand were lusty enough. If nothing else it suggested that, on both sides, the old feelings might not be so difficult to reawaken.

Related: Romelu Lukaku confirms Manchester United move as Wayne Rooney rejoins Everton

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Wayne Rooney back at Everton would be a fairytale – but it may well end in tears | Paul Wilson

Thirteen years after leaving Everton for Old Trafford, Wayne Rooney could be about to return – but does Ronald Koeman really a need a player who seems to have his peak years behind him?

Romelu Lukaku was always going to leave a big hole to fill at Everton but few would have predicted a combination of, say, Wayne Rooney and Olivier Giroud, perhaps to take over in the likely event of the Belgian striker’s departure.

Reported overtures to Arsenal’s Giroud make perfect sense; he is a reliable goalscorer, proven in the Premier League, at 30 he will have a few good years left in him and he was no longer a regular starter under Arsène Wenger. Those imagining Everton would seek a like-for-like replacement for Lukaku, as if similarly built striking powerhouses were in plentiful supply, might have to think again. Giroud, should he move to Merseyside, could be just the cutting edge required for the quick-passing side Ronald Koeman is looking to put together.

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Wayne Rooney in Everton talks over return from Manchester United

• Boyhood Everton fan in discussions over his £250,000-a-week wages
• Rooney’s other option appears to be a move to Major League Soccer

Wayne Rooney is in advanced talks with Everton about rejoining his boyhood team with the move centring on the club matching the £250,000-a-week basic salary he earns at Manchester United.

Rooney has a year left on his contract and is intent on having his wage matched. The 31-year-old has previously stated Everton are the only Premier League side he would leave United for and they believe this strengthens their position. Rooney’s only other option appears to be a move to Major League Soccer, where he would not earn as much, with interest from China fading.

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Football transfer rumours: Diego Costa to make cut-price Atlético Madrid return?

Today’s rumours are back from the USSR

Never go back. So goes the time-honoured edict, which the Mill avoids testing by skulking beneath the desk in its downtime between bouts of frenzied gossip-guzzling activity. Should Diego Costa take our lead? China doesn’t appear to be on the cards anymore but Atlético Madrid might just be and if nothing else it would be a return to a club where people do seem to rather like him. What’s more, he might not – ahem – Costa very much. His former employers are reported to be offering just £22m, plus add-ons, to get him back and with the player very keen to get the thing done, there’s a chance Chelsea will just have to suck it up. Costa wants it all sorted out quickly but, in a sense, what’s the rush? Atlético’s transfer ban doesn’t finish until January – so along with his big move he’ll get six months off.

Related: Everton hoping early deals can help them bridge gap to the top four

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Michael Carrick thanks fans in emotional Old Trafford testimonial

• Midfielder offered his condolences to victims of recent terror attacks
• Wayne Rooney may have made final appearance for Manchester United

Michael Carrick paid tribute to the Old Trafford crowd for supporting his testimonial but his Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney may have bid farewell.

Related: Antoine Griezmann: summer exit from Atlético Madrid would be a dirty move

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Manchester United ready to resist Real Madrid approach for David de Gea

• United’s stance is to not allow sale of players they wish to keep
• Champions League football could help tempt Griezmann to Old Trafford

Manchester United have no intention of selling David de Gea, despite Real Madrid’s interest, because the goalkeeper is not seeking a move and the stance at Old Trafford is no player will leave unless the club decide so.

Real are hoping to sign De Gea after coming close to securing him in summer 2015. His move broke down on transfer deadline day because of missing paperwork, with the clubs disagreeing over who was to blame. De Gea stayed at Old Trafford and agreed a new four-year deal in September that year.

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Southgate: ‘I’ve no idea what Rooney’s future is at Manchester United’ – video

England manager Gareth Southgate says he has ‘no idea’ whether Wayne Rooney will stay at Manchester United next season or leave the club over the summer. Speaking on Tuesday, Southgate does not rule out a return to international football for Rooney but suggests that England’s all-time leading scorer would need to be playing regularly in order for that to happen

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Wayne Rooney left out of England squad to face Scotland and France

• Manchester United player may have played last game for national team
• Butland confirmed back in the fold after starting Stoke’s final five games

Wayne Rooney may have played his last game for England after Gareth Southgate left the national team’s all-time leading scorer out of the squad to play Scotland and France.

Rooney’s future at Manchester United has been the subject of intense speculation after his lack of appearances under José Mourinho this season and his omission this time could effectively signal the end of an international career that has brought 53 goals and 119 caps. He has not featured for Southgate’s side since the win over Scotland at Wembley in November.

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Wayne Rooney left out of England squad to face Scotland and France

• Manchester United player may have played last game for national team
• Butland confirmed back in the fold after starting Stoke’s final five games

Wayne Rooney may have played his last game for England after Gareth Southgate left the national team’s all-time leading scorer out of the squad to play Scotland and France.

Rooney’s future at Manchester United has been the subject of intense speculation after his lack of appearances under José Mourinho this season and his omission this time could effectively signal the end of an international career that has brought 53 goals and 119 caps. He has not featured for Southgate’s side since the win over Scotland at Wembley in November.

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Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney may miss out on Old Trafford send-off

• Wayne Rooney could leave Manchester United without home farewell
• Paul Pogba to feature in youthful team against Crystal Palace

Wayne Rooney may have no Old Trafford send-off to his 13-year Manchester United career after José Mourinho stated the captain will probably not feature in Sunday’s final home game against Crystal Palace.

Rooney’s future at the club is in doubt as the 31-year-old may depart in the summer. If so United’s record goal-scorer and longest serving player, having joined in August 2004, would end a stellar period at the club with no chance of saying goodbye to the home crowd.

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Rooney indicates his Man Utd career may end in summer – video

Wayne Rooney gives the clearest indication yet that his 13-year career at Manchester United may end this summer. Speaking to media on Wednesday, Rooney says he still hasn’t given up on potentially staying at Old Trafford. It has been widely speculated the 31-year-old could leave the club at the end of the season having fallen out of the starting line-up for the first time since he joined United

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Wayne Rooney hints he may have to leave Manchester United in summer

• Former England captain admits lack of first-team football may force move
• Mourinho: focusing on Celta Vigo Europa League semi-final ‘not a gamble’

Wayne Rooney has given the clearest indication yet that his 13-year career at Manchester United will end this summer, with the striker admitting he has to leave Old Trafford to play more.

Rooney has lost his first-choice status this season and has also struggled to make the match-day squads selected by the manager, José Mourinho.

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Wayne Rooney hints he may have to leave Manchester United in summer

• Former England captain admits lack of first-team football may force move
• Mourinho: focusing on Celta Vigo Europa League semi-final ‘not a gamble’

Wayne Rooney has given the clearest indication yet that his 13-year career at Manchester United will end this summer, with the striker admitting he has to leave Old Trafford to play more.

Rooney has lost his first-choice status this season and has also struggled to make the match-day squads selected by the manager, José Mourinho.

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