By Will Butcher
Phil Jagielka believes Everton fans would love to see their side secure a Goodison Park reunion for Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.’
Sports site Bleacher Report claim a return to Merseyside for the ex-Toffees star is “very likely” to materialise in the summer, after Rooney scored just nine goals in 36 league and cup outings this term.
Now, Jagielka has told Sky Sports that Toffees fans want the 31-year-old to pull on the blue of Everton once again 13 years after leaving to join Premier League giants United.
“You can always see him back, obviously he has made no secret that he still is a massive Everton fan,” Jagielka said. “But I’m not going to try and second guess what Wayne is going to do.
“He’s got to finish the season off himself with the Europa League final coming up, but I’m sure the fans would love to see him back but only if it’s on the right terms and if he is going to contribute heavily next season.”
Five-time Premier League champion Rooney moved to Old Trafford back in 2004 after starring in David Moyes’ Everton side as a promising young striker.
Aged just 18, Sir Alex Ferguson decided to sign the England captain, and he has since scored a huge 254 goals in 556 games for United, as well as laying on 145 assists.
However, Rooney has been forced to watch from the sidelines for much of the season, with Mourinho preferring to choose the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford.
It could see him look to end his 13-year star with United this summer, with Everton reportedly keen to sign their former academy product.
However, it is likely that Rooney will have to take a pay cut if he is to return, with the Times reporting this year that United’s number 10 earns a huge £300,000 a week.
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