Wayne Rooney has said his time at Manchester United was starting to become boring and it was the right time to leave.
The 31-year-old won five Premier League titles, three League Cups, the FA Cup, Europa League and a Champions League crown during a 13-year spell at United where he also became the club’s leading goalscorer last season.
Rooney’s playing time last season under Mourinho was reduced and he returned to Everton, after they showed interest.
“It hadn’t gone stale, I enjoyed my time there, of course, but I needed to play more games and I didn’t play that often last season,” he said.
“I know I’m at my best when I’m playing games consistently. I spoke with Jose and it was the right time for me to leave and go play somewhere else and I firmly believe that Everton is the right club for me to do that.
“There were other options but once I knew that Ronald wanted to bring me back to the club it was the only place I was going to be playing my football.”