Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says it was not his idea to offload record goalscorer Wayne Rooney.
The Red Devils manager says Rooney requested to leave so he could rejoin the club he began his career with.
“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.”
“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.”
In a video posted on Everton’s official twitter account Rooney says a return to Goodison Park