Rooney told the BBC: “Everton made it clear if there was an offer there, they would be happy for me to go.
“I understand they have brought a new manager in, got new staff, they obviously want to bring in players that manager wants.
“I am sure it will release money for the new players who come in. I am sure that was in their thinking.
“I said to them if that is what you want, I am not going to hang round and be a dead weight. I will go somewhere else and play."