- Title: Rooney, Koeman want to bring trophies to Everton
- Date: 10th July 2017
- Summary: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 10, 2017) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** NEW EVERTON SIGNING WAYNE ROONEY AND EVERTON MANAGER RONALD KOEMAN ARRIVING AT NEWS CONFERENCE ROONEY SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW EVERTON SIGNING, WAYNE ROONEY, SAYING: "Well, I think for us all you want to do better than the previous year and that is what we want to keep doing, keep on pushing and try and be successful and to try and bring trophies to the club. That is what we all want, the players, the fans, the manager and that is what we as players have got to try and do." ROONEY AND KOEMAN POSING WITH EVERTON SHIRT (SOUNDBITE) (English) EVERTON MANAGER, RONALD KOEMAN, WHEN ASKED WHY HE SIGNED ROONEY, SAYING: "First of all the qualities of the player. I think that is the most important. We like to win, we like to win trophies and that is a feeling that not all the players have in Everton. They have a lot of young players. We try to get the best team as possible and that experience, the experience to win titles, that is something really important for Everton and that is also one of the reasons that we tried to bring Wayne back to Everton." KOEMAN AND ROONEY POSING WITH SHIRT (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW EVERTON SIGNING, WAYNE ROONEY, SAYING: "I think I always play like I have got a point to prove. I am not coming back, I am not coming back to a retirement home. I am ready to play, I want to win and I want to be successful at this football club. That is what I will do. I feel good, I feel, well not fit at the minute but that will build up in the next few weeks, and I am excited. I think it is a challenge that I think is the right time, that I need in this period of my career and I am ready for it." KOEMAN AND ROONEY POSING WITH SHIRT (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW EVERTON SIGNING, WAYNE ROONEY, SAYING: "As I said before, my eldest lad was the happiest out of everyone I think. Also my Dad, obviously my Dad is a huge Evertonian and he has gone up to watch me for the last 13 years in Manchester and now he will have a five minute drive to go and watch me play again so he is really happy." KOEMAN AND ROONEY POSING WITH SHIRT (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW EVERTON SIGNING, WAYNE ROONEY, TALKING ABOUT RETURNING TO OLD TRAFFORD, SAYING: "I am going with Everton to try and get three points for Everton. Obviously, I had a great time at Manchester United, I really enjoyed working with everyone there. Football moves on, players move on and I have come back to Everton and certainly the fixtures, not just United, there are other tough games so we need to make sure get the pre-season right so we are ready for them challenges when they come about." WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE) (English) EVERTON MANAGER, RONALD KOEMAN, TALKING ABOUT NEW MANCHESTER UNITED STRIKER ROMELU LUKAKU, SAYING: "We know it was one of the challenges for Lukaku and we knew that. He took the right decision and lets hope that everything goes well for him because I like him, I like the player but it is now about Everton." NEWS CONFERENCE ENDING
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- Keywords: Wayne Rooney Everton Manchester United soccer football England Ronald Koeman
- Location: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016P4XJCV
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- Story Text: Wayne Rooney says he has come back to Everton to win trophies, not go to a "retirement home."
The forward, who returns to the club 13 years after leaving for Manchester United, was presented to the media on Monday (July 10).
Rooney spoke of his desire to win Everton, his boyhood club, their first trophy since 1995.
"I think for us all you want to do better than the previous year and that is what we want to keep doing, keep on pushing and try and be successful and to try and bring trophies to the club. That is what we all want, the players, the fans, the manager and that is what we as players have got to try and do," said the 31-year-old.
Sat next to Rooney was his new manager Ronald Koeman, whose ambition has been clear since arriving at Everton last year. He has backed up that ambition with a swathe of new signings, including Rooney.
Koeman said Rooney, who has scored more goals than anyone else for both Manchester United and England in an illustrious career, would bring much needed experienced to a young but promising side.
Koeman also spoke about former striker Romelu Lukaku, who signed for Untied on Monday, and presented Rooney with his favoured number 10 shirt before the news conference.
Rooney, who will be 32 in October, has signed a two-year deal at the club who finished seventh in the Premier League last season, one place behind United.
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