Gary Neville has hailed Wayne Rooney as the “best striker I played with” after the forward completed his return to Everton from Manchester United.
Rooney secured a move back to Goodison Park on Sunday after 13 years with United, a period in which he became the club’s record goalscorer with 253 goals and won every available trophy, including five Premier Leagues.
The 31-year-old has now signed a two-year deal with his boyhood club, ending a lengthy period of success in which he became one of United’s most successful players.
Rooney played with Neville at Old Trafford until the right-back retired from football in 2011, and the forward has now received high praise from his old teammate.
The Sky Sports pundit has congratulated Rooney on his glistening United career before hailing the forward as the best striker he ever had the fortune of playing with.
Neville took to Twitter moments after Rooney’s return to Everton was confirmed, writing: “All the best Wayne Rooney and congratulations on a great United career . The best striker I played with and saw at the club.”
Rooney becomes Everton’s ninth acquisition of a busy summer under Ronald Koeman, with the club also securing Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen.
Romelu Lukaku is expected to secure a big money move from Everton to United in the next couple of days, having shared pictures from his medical at the club on Instagram this weekend.