Mourinho: I Could Not Stop Rooney From Leaving

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Jose Mourinho has said he will miss having Wayne Rooney at United, but could not stop him from joining Everton.

Wayne Rooney had to leave and Mourinho says he had to grant the request of the striker, who left Everton 13 years ago.

“It is no secret that I have long been an admirer of Wayne; he has been a model professional throughout his time at the club and will remain in the history books for many years to come,” Mourinho said in a statement posted on United’s official website.

“It is never easy to see a great player playing less football than he would like and I could not stand in his way when he asked to go back to Everton.

“His experience, focus and determination will be missed and I wish him well for the future.”

Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, added to the plaudits.

“Wayne has been a fantastic servant to United since the moment he signed for us as a prodigiously talented, explosive teenager some 13 seasons ago,” Woodward said.

“On behalf of the whole club and our hundreds of millions of fans around the world, we wish Wayne all the very best for the next phase of his incredible career.”

Rooney won five Premier League titles with United as well as the Champions League, Club World Cup and FA Cup before sealing the Europa League title in his last game with them.



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