Koeman Wants Rooney To Bring Ambition To Everton

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Everton: Wayne Rooney Completes Medical Ahead Of Return To Boyhood Club

Ronald Koeman has stated that Rooney’s hunger to win more trophies, was one of the reasons he signed him.

Rooney signed a two-year deal with Everton, returning to the club he left 13 years ago, when he was just 18.

And Koeman believes his drive to add more success to a glittering career could be an important lesson to the rest of the squad.

“Everybody knows the qualities of Wayne,” Koeman said. “He’s really a striker and players with that quality can play out of position. He can be a 10 behind the striker, a free role from the left, a nine, a seven.

“The qualities of the player are the most important. We like to win trophies and that’s a feeling that not all the players have at Everton. We have a lot of young players and that experience of winning titles is really important for Everton. It’s one of the reasons we tried to bring him back.

“When we spoke, it was about the ambition. He showed me that he likes the pressure. He’ll have pressure next season and he’s used to that.

“Some players need pressure to get the best out of themselves. He’s 32 in October and that’s still young for football. The ambition he showed was enough to convince me.

“I’d prefer to have 10 players scoring 10-15 goals than one scoring 25. Wayne is the kind of player who can bring productivity to the team.”



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