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Rooney: I needed pressure of Everton return

Rooney returned to Everton in the summer. Credit: PA

Wayne Rooney chose the pressure of returning to Everton over a massive pay day in China.

The former England captain was linked with a move to the Far East in the final months of his Manchester United career, but eventually decided on an emotional homecoming at his boyhood club 13 years after leaving.

Rooney told BBC's Football Focus he decided against seeing out his career "earning a lot of money" overseas.

"That's not me, I need those goals, I need that pressure. That desire to play would have been lost if I'd chosen that other option," he said.

"I knew that coming back to Everton was more pressure - that's what I wanted.

"I wanted to prove myself again to the Everton fans and to try to help this club move forward and win silverware.

"I think it was the perfect fit for me and hopefully in the next two or three years we can do that."


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