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True blue Wayne Rooney shunned China fortune because he would have lost his desire to play

Everton striker chose to stay in Premier League with boyhood club over ‘seeing out the last few years of career earning a lot of money’ in Chinese Super League

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 February, 2018, 10:14am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 February, 2018, 10:33am

Everton striker Wayne Rooney has revealed that he turned down the opportunity to move to the Chinese Super League because he needed the pressure of getting his boyhood club back up the English Premier League table.

In an interview with BBC’s Football Focus the 32-year-old explained that he decided against a big money move abroad when he left Manchester United after 13 years last summer even though “it would have been quite easy”.

Rooney said that his “desire to play would have been lost” had he moved overseas to “see out the last few years of my career earning a lot of money”.

His former Manchester United strike partner Carlos Tevez was reported to be among the highest players in world during his season with Shanghai Shenhua.

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Rooney had long been linked with a move to a number of Chinese sides during his final few seasons at Old Trafford.

This season he is Everton’s top scorer as Sam Allardyce’s side have risen to ninth on the Premier League table.