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Wayne Rooney Reveals He Rejected Lucrative China Offers In Favour of Everton Return

Wayne Rooney Reveals He Rejected Lucrative China Offers In Favour of Everton Return

Wayne Rooney has revealed he had offers from the mega-rich Chinese Super League but turned them down in favour of a return to boyhood club Everton.

After his lack of game-time in his final season at Manchester United, it became clear that Rooney would be moving on, with England's record goalscorer heavily linked to the MLS and China.

He could have raked in the mega-bucks in the Far East, as the likes of Carlos Tevez, Oscar, Axel Witsel and Hulk have done in recent times.

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But as explained by the man himself, it wasn't in his nature to sit on his arse and swim in the money, he was all about the pressure of going back to Goodison Park after 13 years.

Images: PA
Images: PA

"In the summer when I was leaving Manchester United it would have been quite easy for me to go abroad," he said in an interview with Kevin Kilbane for BBC's Football Focus.

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"Go to China, go somewhere else and pick up a lot of money and see out the last few years of my career earning a lot of money.

"That's just 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.


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"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."

In his second spell with the Toffees, Rooney has 11 goals to his name, with 10 coming in the Premier League. Fair play to Wazza for turning down China and

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Topics: Football News, Football, Everton, Chinese Super League, China, Wayne Rooney

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