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Rooney opens up on disappointment of leaving Everton

Wayne Rooney has said that he is still disappointed at being forced out of Everton, but is thankful that it opened up the opportunity to play in the MLS.

Having become the all-time leading goalscorer at Manchester United, Rooney returned to his boyhood club Everton in the summer of 2017.

It was a difficult season for the Toffees under Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce, and despite being the top scorer at Goodison Park, Rooney was forced out of Everton after just one year, with owner Farhad Moshiri wanting him off the wage bill.

He is now ripping it up at MLS side DC United, where he has scored an impressive 12 goals and provided six assists in just 20 appearances for the Eastern conference club, steering them into the playoffs.

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However, despite finally waving goodbye to the Premier League in the summer, Rooney still hasn’t got over the manner of his departure.

“I am obviously disappointed with the way it ended at Everton but it has opened up a new chapter for me here and I’m really enjoying it,” Rooney told the BBC.

“I have always loved playing. Obviously, you have moments in your career which are better than other moments but it doesn’t mean you don’t like playing or you don’t enjoy playing.

“Of course you don’t enjoy it when you don’t win. The time at Everton last season was a bit frustrating at times, different managers, playing different positions…

“But that is part of football and sometimes you have to go through the more difficult moments to get the great moments.”

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