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European transfer news: Rooney rejoins Everton, Chelsea sign Rudiger from Roma

  • Published at 04:10 am July 10th, 2017
  • Last updated at 04:13 am July 10th, 2017
European transfer news: Rooney rejoins Everton, Chelsea sign Rudiger from Roma
Manchester United's former England captain Wayne Rooney on Sunday rejoined his boyhood club Everton on a two-year deal after 13 trophy-laden years at Old Trafford. The 31-year-old, who has moved to Goodison Park for an undisclosed fee, spoke of his excitement at returning to a club where he began his career after coming through the youth ranks. "(Winning trophies with Everton) would be the pinnacle," Rooney said. "I really feel now the club is moving in the right direction, bringing the right calibre of players in. I want to be part of it and hopefully part of a successful Everton team. "It’s a great feeling to be back. I’m excited, I cannot wait to meet the lads, get on the training pitch and then get on the pitch to play. I’m ecstatic – I just cannot wait to get back playing." Rooney exploded on to the Premier League scene when he netted a stunning winner for Everton against Arsenal aged 16 and he moved to United two years later for a fee reported by British media to be 25 million pounds ($32.23 million). Scoring a hat-trick on his United debut against Fenerbahce in the Champions League, Rooney went on to play more than 550 games for the club, netting 253 goals to become their all-time leading scorer, eclipsing the great Bobby Charlton's record. Rooney's England debut came under Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson, aged 17, and he became the country's all-time top scorer with 53 goals and the most capped outfield player with 119 appearances. At United he won the Champions League, five Premier League titles and the FA Cup and was Footballer of the Year in 2010. But last season he cut a disconsolate figure at times when he was no longer an automatic selection under manager Jose Mourinho and lost his place in the England squad. Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes Rooney can make a real contribution to the Merseyside club next season. "He loves Everton and he was desperate to come back," said the Dutchman. "He is still only 31 and I don't have any doubts about his qualities. It’s fantastic he’s here." With a fee agreed between Everton and United for Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku to move in the opposite direction, the way was clear for Rooney to leave Old Trafford after 13 years. Rooney made 77 appearances for Everton and scored 17 goals between 2002 and 2004 when he left to join United. When the striker appeared at the Everton training-ground on Saturday for a medical, Blues supporters soon arrived to welcome back a player who first joined the club aged nine. Rooney is reported to be taking a large pay cut to return to Everton, who have been recruiting heavily under Koeman and financial backer Farhad Moshiri, a British-Iranian businessman, after finishing seventh in the league last season. They have bought young England players goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland and Burnley central defender Michael Keane plus Netherlands midfielder Davy Klaasen from Ajax Amsterdam among others, spending almost 90 million pounds. Chelsea sign defender Rudiger from Roma Chelsea have signed German centre back Antonio Rudiger from Italian side AS Roma on a five-year contract, the Premier League champions said on Sunday. Rudiger has spent the last two seasons in Serie A, arriving at Roma on loan from VfB Stuttgart in 2015 before making a permanent switch at the end of the campaign. "It's a great feeling because not every player has the opportunity to join a huge club like this," Rudiger, who will wear the number two shirt, said in a statement. "I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team mates and I'm very proud to officially become a Chelsea player." The 24-year-old Germany international has won 17 caps since his debut in 2014. Manager Antonio Conte is looking to strengthen the Chelsea side that lifted the league title in his first campaign at Stamford Bridge. Rudiger is the London club's second signing of the transfer window after goalkeeper Willy Caballero joined as a free agent from Manchester City. Chelsea will kick-off their 2017-18 league campaign at home against Burnley on Aug.12. Germany forward Wagner extends deal with Hoffenheim Germany striker Sandro Wagner has signed a one-year contract extension with Hoffenheim that will keep him at the Bundesliga team until 2020, the club announced on Sunday. The tall striker, who at 29 won his first international caps as part of the Confederations Cup-winning team earlier this month, scored 11 times and set up four goals in his 31 league matches last season. Hoffenheim finished fourth -- their best ever showing -- and will play in the Champions League qualifying rounds. "Sandro is a great finisher and added new components to our game last season," said Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann. "He keeps opponents busy, he pushes team mates and is also an important personality in the changing room." Wagner came through the Bayern Munich youth ranks but failed to earn a regular spot in the senior team and after spells at half a dozen clubs he signed for Hoffenheim in 2016.
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