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Moyes: Rooney will return to Everton

Everton boss David Moyes believes Wayne Rooney will one day return to his former club, but concedes it may not happen in the near future.

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Rooney, 26, signed for Manchester United in 2004 after spending much of his junior days at Goodison Park.

Moyes gave Rooney his first team debut for Everton in 2002 and he insists the striker would be happy to rejoin the Toffees one day.

"I would certainly welcome Wayne back," Moyes said. "It's more likely to be later in his career but I think it is something even he would welcome."

Ten years ago, Rooney scored his first Premier League goal against Arsenal which endeared him to Everton fans.

"There have been four or five occasions when I have been in the dressing room and been able to hear the supporters singing on their way home. That Arsenal game was one of them," Moyes said.

"They had just seen a boy who was probably one of the last street footballers, and he had gone on, at 16, and scored a spectacular winner against Arsenal. He was one of them.

"I think he has gone on to be the player everyone expected him to be. He has won a European Cup and titles and has been exceptional."

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