By Will Butcher
Paul Scholes is adamant that Wayne Rooney must remain at Manchester United this summer instead of re-joining Everton.
The Independent claimed earlier in the week that the Toffees would be able to offer the England captain a huge £150,000-a-week deal, and are now expected to complete a deal.
However, Rooney’s former England and Man United teammate Paul Scholes declared that Rooney must remain at United, and work hard to regain his place in Jose Mourinho’s side.
“I don’t want him to go to another English club, I hope he gets back in the United team,” Scholes told BBC Radio Five’s Sportsweek programme on Sunday, as quoted by the Mirror.
“If he gets back in the United team then he is straight back into the England side. He’s got great experience and he can pass knowledge on to young players.”
Rooney has been an intermittent member of United’s side this season despite remaining club captain of the 20-time top flight champions.
The likes of Zlatan Ibrahmovic, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata have kept the Everton academy product out of the side, sparking rumours that he could make a sensational Merseyside return.
However, Scholes believes Rooney should stay at Old Trafford and fight for his place, with more than two years still remaining on his current deal with Mourinho’s side.
This season, Rooney became United’s all-time top goalscorer with 250 strikes, moving one ahead of Bobby Charlton after scoring five goals for the Red Devils this season.
Despite scoring just one goal every six games, Toffees manager Ronald Koeman is reportedly keen to bring Rooney back to Merseyside, 13 years after leaving Everton to join United.
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