Wayne Rooney could play for Everton again, reckons Tony Hibbert
Everton stalwart Tony Hibbert thinks that there is still a chance, however slight, that former Blue Wayne Rooney will bring his career to a fitting end at the club.
Full-back Hibbert, who has made 309 first-team appearances and spent more than 11 years at Goodison Park, was recognised for his services through a testimonial last week. He spoke to the Daily Mail recently and indicated that Wayne Rooney had made a request to play in the match against AEK Athens.
According to him, it was an honour to learn that the man he had once played alongside was interested in joining in the friendly match. Indeed, he would have done so had Manchester United not been playing against Barcelona in Sweden on the same night.
But Hibbert is convinced that Everton fans might yet get to watch England international Rooney playing for the Toffees again. He told the Mail that an Everton return for Rooney was possible. He added that if Wayne wanted to do so, he felt the club would be daft not to bring in back into the fold.
He conceded that some would grumble but added that for the team to have a player with Wayne Rooney’s skills would add a massive boost to their potential. Clearly, he is just speculating as a defender, but the proposition is certainly an interesting one.
Naturally, there are no odds of Rooney coming back to the team in the near future. After all, he is 26, which means his best years are still to come, and he’s set to continue to compete for honours with Manchester United that are out of Everton’s reach at present given their current financial state.
Rooney’s star potential, of course, is part of the reason why Manchester United tickets are in such high demand. Sadly, Everton are not nearly in a position to meet his ambitions or the £220,000-a-week wages he would currently command.
But down the line, once Rooney is the other side of his peak and heading towards the end of his career, he might he be interested in returning to Goodison Park to make it roar like he did on his first debut against Arsenal.
Fans of the Toffees will certainly remember that Rooney requested to be transferred before his protracted move to Manchester United. And they will not forget the badge-kissing incident in 2008.
However, in 2010, Rooney spoke to Everton TV and indicated he still loved Everton, having supported them as a child. He indicated that the club are still a significant part of his life and that he buys Everton kits for his son Kai.