What Wayne Rooney has said about future amid reports of Everton return

Wayne Rooney has been rumoured to be departing Derby County.

Reports have linked Wayne Rooney with a return to his former club Everton as their new boss.

Rooney has previously spoken on his future with Derby County as his name was mentioned as a candidate for the Newcastle United vacancy earlier in the season.

When asked about his future at Pride Park, Rooney said: “No. I have said a few times over the months that I’m committed to this club, I’m committed to the group of players, I’m committed to the staff, I care about them.

“I will keep doing everything I can to help us get through this. I think we will get through this for the better.

“We’re going to have tough times ahead in the near future, I know that, but it’s my job now to start rebuilding this club and put it back together.”

The Rams have endured a difficult campaign so far that saw them receive a significant point deduction, leaving them bottom of the Championship table.

However, despite the circumstances, Rooney’s side have impressed and have only suffered seven defeats this season - less than any team in the bottom half.

The ex-Manchester United star’s form at his current club has resulted in the links away from Derby, with Everton the most recent.

The Sun have today reported that Rooney is in line for a sensational return to Goodison Park, with current boss Rafa Benitez under fire.

The Toffees have endured four defeats in their last five Premier League matches and currently sit 14th in the table.

According to the bookies, the Spaniard is the favourite to be the next top tier manager to be shown the door and the Everton board are coming under increasing pressure to sack him after less than six months in charge.

Rooney enjoyed two spells as a player with his boyhood club, making over 100 appearances.

The 36-year-old has repeatedly insisted that he wishes to continue on at Derby County despite their current predicament, but a move to his former side could be one that he will struggle to turn down.