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​Everton forward Rooney on Man Utd exit: 'It was the right time for me to leave'

Everton's new signing Wayne Rooney insists that he didn't leave Manchester United because his time had become stale.

The 31-year instead claims that it was simply the 'right time' for him to leave the club that he had spent the last 13 years with.

"It hadn't gone stale, I enjoyed my time there, of course, but I needed to play more games and I didn't play that often last season," said Rooney.

"I know I'm at my best when I'm playing games consistently. I spoke with Jose and it was the right time for me to leave and go play somewhere else and I firmly believe that Everton is the right club for me to do that.

"There were other options but once I knew that Ronald wanted to bring me back to the club it was the only place I was going to be playing my football."

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