By Will Butcher

Tony Bellew has urged Everton to re-sign Wayne Rooney this summer as his experience would prove key in developing the Toffees’ youngsters.

Sports site Bleacher Report claim a return to Merseyside for the England captain is “very likely” to materialise in the summer, after plunging down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

Speaking to Alan Brazil’s sports breakfast show on talkSPORT (6am, Thursday), champion boxer Bellew believes Rooney is better than Everton’s current players.

“I’d love Wazza to come back,” Bellew said, as quoted by Brazil’s Twitter account. “I’d love nothing move than to see him in an Everton shirt again.

“It’s quite simple for me; have we got better than players than Rooney? No. Have we got young players with the potential to be as good as him? Yes. Will they learn from him? Massively.

“He’s won every single thing it is possible to win in clubs football, why not have him here? He’s not old and he understands what it means to play for Everton Football Club.”

With the likes of Tom Davies and Ross Barkley still at a young age and looking to develop in the attacking midfield role, Rooney could rejoin the Toffees and aid their progression this summer.

Rooney, who has scored nine goals during his 36 league and cup encounters this season, has had to play second fiddle to the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford.

The Manchester United captain left Everton 13 years ago back in 2004, and has since scored a huge 254 goals in 556 games for United, as well as laying on 145 assists.

With a contract at Old Trafford until the summer of 2019, it remains to be seen how much Jose Mourinho’s side would charge for their 31-year-old skipper.

In other Everton transfer news, Richard Dunne believes this contract rebel should join one of two clubs.

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