Wayne Rooney Reveals He Penned Transfer Request in Everton Canteen Before Move to Man United


Wayne Rooney has revealed that he wrote his transfer request in the Everton canteen at the age of 18 in an attempt to force through a move to Manchester United.​

Despite being just a teenager, Rooney wanted to make it clear to David Moyes – who was manager at the time – that he wanted a move away.

Manchester United's English striker Wayn

Speaking to Amazon Prime Video, he said (via ​The Daily Mai​l): “I’m an ambitious person and I want to win trophies. I knew staying at Everton for another year, another two years… that wasn’t going to happen.

I felt I was good enough to go into the ​Manchester United team so I was ready to move. To be honest I was ready to move the year before but that didn’t happen. I went in to David Moyes and told him this is the situation and in fairness ​Everton needed the money.

“I think deep down he knew so I went in and told him I wanted to leave and he said, ‘If you want to leave, you’ll have to put a transfer request in’.

Wayne Rooney

“So I said ‘okay’ and went out into the canteen, wrote a transfer request out on a piece of paper and said, ‘Here you go’.”

The new player-coach at Derby County also revealed that he knew he was the best player at Everton at the time, despite being just a very young man who had just burst onto the scene.

“When I got in the Everton first team, I knew I was the best player,” ​Rooney said. “That’s not being cocky… plus we had a very bad team at the time. I knew I was the best player and I knew before long I would have to move on if I wanted to win trophies.”

Wayne Rooney

​Derby will be needing some inspiration from the Premier League legend for the rest of the season, with last season’s promotion contenders currently sitting in 14th place in the Championship. 

However, they are just six points away from a place in the top six, so they will be looking for a win when they head to Blackburn on Saturday.

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