Everton returnee, Wayne Rooney believes he still has the fire power to go for a few more years and is “not coming into a retirement home” at Goodison Park.
The former Manchester United captain who left the club in 2004 still feels he has a lot to offer at the age of 31.
Although he had other options, he opted for Everton once the club made their interest known
“I always play like I have got a point to prove,” Rooney said at his presentation on Monday. “I’m not coming into a retirement home. I want to play, I want to win. It is a challenge I need at this point in my career.
“You play football to try to win trophies and of course that is the target. We don’t want to just limp round in the season.
“I was at the FA Cup final in 1995. It would be a special moment to win a trophy at Everton.
“I know we have got the right man to lead us. A manager like Ronald and the career he’s had, once I knew he was interested in bringing me back, it was really a no-brainer, it was where I wanted to come and play.
“There were other options there but once I knew Ronald wanted to bring me back, it was the only place I was going to be playing.”
Rooney hopes to join other recent signings Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez, in their bid to better their last season’s seventh-place Premier League finish.
“I don’t feel fit at the minute but that will build up over the next few weeks,” said Rooney.
“It feels great to be back. I was excited this morning to go in and meet the lads and get going.
“It’s an exciting time for myself and Everton. We are moving forward, signing the right players and we are all hoping this can be a very good year for us.
“We want to keep pushing and try to bring trophies to the club. It’s what we all want. The manager will have his ideas on which players he wants to bring in and we will all pull together to make sure we give everything.
“There are tough early games so we need to get pre-season right.
“You will have to wait and see [my position]. The big thing was coming back here to play. The manager will assess the training sessions.”