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Wayne Rooney Explains Reason For Leaving Everton

Wayne Rooney Explains Reason For Leaving Everton

Wayne Rooney made his MLS debut at the weekend, coming off the bench as his DC United side defeated Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1.

He entered the action after 45 minutes, setting up Paul Arriola for DC's third of the game.

The 32-year-old has joined the MLS side on a three-and-a-half year deal. He did so just a year after returning to Everton from Manchester United.

In a decent season, Rooney scored ten goals in 31 Premier League appearances. However, the exit of Sam Allardyce and introduction of Marco Silva as manager meant he could feel a changing of the guard at the club.

"Everton made it clear if there was an offer there, they would be happy for me to go," Rooney told BBC Sport.

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He did not want to feel like "dead weight" at Goodison Park.

I understand they have brought a new manager in, got new staff, they obviously want to bring in players that manager wants.

I am sure it will release money for the new players who come in. I am sure that was in their thinking.

I said to them if that is what you want, I am not going to hang round and be a dead weight. I will go somewhere else and play.

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