Hibbert: Man Utd striker Rooney wants to play for Everton again

Everton fullback Tony Hibbert is convinced Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney wants to eventually return to Goodison Park.
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Everton fullback Tony Hibbert is convinced Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney wants to eventually return to Goodison Park.

Hibbert's selfless and loyal service to Everton over the last 16 years, 11 of which have been spent in the first team, will receive the ultimate recognition when AEK Athens come to Goodison Park for his testimonial on Wednesday.

"It would have been good for Wayne (to play) and it was great that he asked me," said Hibbert. "It has just worked out that Manchester United have a game. He was quite upset when he realised (he couldn't play). I still speak to him and it's just great to see what he is doing.

"He hasn't changed one bit. It says everything about Wayne that he was willing to do that. He probably would have got a bad reception but he is not fazed about that. He loves Everton. Deep down he is still an Evertonian. I know for a fact that he still goes to (Everton) games.

"He will do anything for Everton. It was a great honour for me that he wanted to play in the game. I was surprised when he asked whether he could play and if I would like him to. I jumped at the chance but obviously he has other commitments.

When asked whether finishing his career at Goodison was possible, Hibbert said: "I think it is. If Wayne says it, then I think the club would be stupid not to welcome him back. I think there would be a few moans but for us to get a player like Wayne Rooney would be massive."

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