New Everton manager Marco Silva insists the door is still open for Wayne Rooney at Goodison Park.
England’s record goalscorer has been holding talks with MLS side DC United and could complete a deal in the next few weeks, despite still having a year left on his contract with the Premier League club.
But at his first press conference at the Blues’ USM Finch Farm training ground, the Portuguese manager, who has agreed a three-year contract to transform the Goodison club’s fortunes, revealed the 32-year-old would still be part of his plans.
Silva said: “He has already started his talks. Rooney is a club legend and we need to understand everything. The door is open every time for him. I will talk with him, see everything that’s happening at the moment and after it’s Wayne’s decision.”
However, the need to trim a squad of 38 professionals means that a deal is likely to happen as Silva looks to reduce the wage bill before recruiting his own players.
Others who could be heading out of the exit door include Sandro Ramirez, Kevin Mirallas and Mo Besic, who had loan spells at Sevilla, Olympiacos and Middlesbrough respectively, while Davy Klaassen has been heavily linked with a move to Besiktas after a poor debut campaign in English football.