Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney has lifted the lid on leaving Everton in 2004 – admitting he turned down a transfer to Chelsea and despatched in a switch request on a serviette to maneuver to Old Trafford.
Rooney joined United in August 2004 for round £ 27m after breaking out on stage for Everton and England within the months earlier than. He had simply recorded for the Three Lions at Euro 2004, however revealed on BBC Sounds’ “Tony Bellew Is Angry” podcast that Toffees had deliberate to promote him on the time as a consequence of the monetary issues they had been in.
Rooney mentioned: “Before Euro 2004 I knew I was tipped for other teams – because Everton needed the money. Some individuals went to other clubs and said ‘would you take Wayne Rooney for £ 30m? “
“I used to be heartbroken, I cherished the membership and needed to play for Everton.
“To discover, I used to be devastated. I’d have left someday, in fact I’d have performed so, to attempt to enhance myself and go and win trophies. But I used to be devastated.”
Newcastle United were interested in the then 18-year-old, while Rooney also revealed the wealthy Chelsea, who had recently been taken over by Roman Abramovich, had in fact made the highest bid for him. But his preferred move if he were to leave was United – where he would work with Sir Alex Ferguson and become the club’s leading scorer through the ages at the end of his stay.
“I used to be pressured to go and play for Chelsea as a result of they supplied probably the most cash, however I mentioned ‘you don’t dictate the place I’m going – I need to go to Manchester United”, Rooney continued.
“It was a loss of cash for Everton, however that is the place I needed to play. I didn’t need to go to London, I didn’t need to go to Chelsea. But I used to be instructed the one method to go to Man Utd is for those who make a switch request.
“This was at Moyesy’s office. So I went into the dining room and wrote ‘I Wayne Rooney is asking for a transfer from Everton Football Club’ on a napkin or something! Went back to Moyesy’s office and said ‘there you go’.
“I felt like I used to be backed right into a nook to some extent, nevertheless it’s soccer.”
Rooney had broken his metatarsal at England service that summer – an injury that most fans today believe actually cost England the tournament. Rooney’s form in the tournament was fantastic and scored four goals before going down with the injury. And Rooney revealed that Everton stopped him from returning to training before selling him out of fear that the move would break down.
“I went to Barbados after Euro 2004, I had clearly damaged my foot. I got here again to Bellefield and was able to exit and begin operating and enhance my coaching from a damaged foot. I keep in mind I used to be instructed you may not do it as a result of in case your foot breaks we won’t have the opportunity to promote you.
“But it went for the better in the end.”