New Everton manager Marco Silva says the “door is open” for Wayne Rooney to stay, despite his talks with DC United.
Rooney, 32, has agreed a deal in principle with the US side, but has a year left on his Everton deal.
In his first news conference as Everton boss, Silva said he had a small list of ‘big name’ transfer targets but had not ruled out Rooney staying on.
“Rooney is a club legend and we need to understand everything,” said Silva. “The door is open every time for him.”
Silva was joined at the news conference by recently installed director of football Marcel Brands.
The Dutchman said it remained a “possibility” that Rooney would leave, but said a future coaching role at Goodison Park could be an option if he did.
“We will talk with him,” said Brands. “If this is a move he wants… then I hope he will return when he is finished there as he is still a legend in this club. At PSV Eindhoven I always hoped to use the legends in the club.”