Wayne Rooney has admitted his love for Everton and is open to a future coaching role at Goodison Park.
The 33-year-old began his professional career with the Merseysiders in 2002 after coming up through the club’s youth ranks but signed for Manchester United in 2004.
The former England captain enjoyed 13 trophy-laden seasons at Old Trafford, winning the Premier League title on five occasions while he was part of the Champions League-winning team in 2007-2008.
A mediocre one-year spell back at Everton followed in 2017-18 but the veteran forward now plies his trade in MLS with DC United.
He has been scoring goals for fun stateside after making it clear that he was not moving across the Atlantic just for one final pay day.
Being the wrong side of 30, attention has inevitably turned to what he might do after hanging up his playing boots and it seems as though a career in coaching might follow.
It remains to be seen if that happens but Rooney seems open to the idea of returning to his boyhood club in some capacity.
“It would be nice. You love your family unconditionally. It’s like that with Everton. It’s the team I’ll always love and grew up supporting. That’s in you,” he told Eddie Hearn’s ‘No Passion, No Point’ radio programme.
Marco Silva is the current Toffees boss and oversaw an up-and-down campaign in the season just finished.
Hopes will be high of an improvement in 2019-2020 and Everton can be backed at 19.00 to secure a top-four finish.