Roberto Martinez laughed off talk Wayne Rooney could return to Everton in the future.
The Goodison Park boss was responding to a question in his press conference ahead of his side’s clash with Manchester United on Saturday.
The Guardian’s chief football writer Daniel Taylor wrote in his column last weekend that he wouldn’t be surprised to see Rooney one day move back to the club he started his career with.
And that’s sparked talk among fans excited at the thought of their former hero returning – just two months after they saw him turn out in Everton blue for Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial against Villarreal.
But Martinez refused to join in that excitement – and instead joked that he will only return when there are more testimonials to play.
Well, I don’t know what testimonials we’ve got coming up, but, at the moment, we don’t know.
He’s someone that’s the captain of Manchester United and represents Manchester United.
But, in the same way, he came through the ranks at Everton and represents an aspiration and a dream for any youngster that plays in our academy.
So you can understand that link, but that’s as far as it goes.
You can hear the rest of Martinez’s press conference here:
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So that cools off more talk of Rooney making a return to Everton anytime soon, then.
But it doesn’t kill it off completely, with the striker’s struggles at Manchester United this season well documented.
He has a contract until 2019, but, at the age of 19, and with his role in the team coming under more scrutiny, it’s not definite that he’ll see out the rest of his career in a United shirt.
And if the day comes that he does leave Old Trafford, you’d expect Everton to be interested in bringing their former wonderkid back home.