Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has revealed that Wayne Rooney asked to leave the club.
On Sunday, Rooney’s return to Everton was confirmed on a two-year deal.
Mourinho admits he felt the need to grant the 31-year-old’s request to move back to his boyhood club, after a 13-year stint at Old Trafford.
“It is no secret that I have long been an admirer of Wayne; he has been a model professional throughout his time at the club and will remain in the history books for many years to come,” Mourinho said in a statement posted on United’s official website.
“It is never easy to see a great player playing less football than he would like and I could not stand in his way when he asked to go back to Everton.
“His experience, focus and determination will be missed and I wish him well for the future.”