Premier League

Rooney reveals he could have joined Chelsea or Newcastle before Man Utd move from Everton

Speaking on the UTD Podcast , he said Everton were keen for him to sign for Chelsea, but he only had eyes for United – though, when the Red Devils looked to delay the move, he almost ended up on Tyneside.

“I think going to the Euros and doing well there probably added a bit more money onto the transfer fee but I broke my foot and found out a few things.

“Everton were really struggling for money at the time and I found out they were listening to offers from people as well.

He scored 17 goals in 43 appearances in his first season, which saw Chelsea win the title ahead of United in third.

Newcastle finished 14th, with Alan Shearer top-scoring with 19 goals in the penultimate season of his career.

The forward became a club legend in 13 seasons at Old Trafford but things could have been very different back in 2004

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