Everton boss Ronald Koeman says Wayne Rooney‘s ambition to win trophies was one of the key factors behind his decision to sign him.
The former Manchester United captain completed a return to Goodison Park on Sunday, 13 years on from his move to Old Trafford as an 18-year-old.
Rooney insisted at his presentation that he was not moving “to a retirement home” and is determined to end Everton’s 22-year wait to win a major trophy.
Wayne Rooney won every major trophy available to him as a Man Utd player. 🏆
Club legend. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/jvcIGBAnxj
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 9, 2017
And Koeman believes his drive to add more success to a glittering career could be an important lesson to the rest of the squad:
“Everybody knows the qualities of Wayne,” Koeman said. “He’s really a striker and players with that quality can play out of position. He can be a 10 behind the striker, a free role from the left, a nine, a seven.
“The qualities of the player are the most important. We like to win trophies and that’s a feeling that not all the players have at Everton. We have a lot of young players and that experience of winning titles is really important for Everton. It’s one of the reasons we tried to bring him back.
“When we spoke, it was about the ambition. He showed me that he likes the pressure. He’ll have pressure next season and he’s used to that.