The club dominated Major League Soccer in the late 1990s, but MLS contrived to break the team up, apparently on the theory that the existence of a super-club somehow harmed the league. This was due in part to minor injuries, in part to the way new manager Sam Allardyce deployed him, and probably in part to exhausted legs.
But the manager insinuated in a press conference that Rooney could leave the club he joined just past year if he wants to.
"My understanding is that there has been some negotiations".
"Only when I speak to him today I'll find out where the situation lies. Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave and neither has Wayne Rooney had a confrontation with me".
"Wayne has been a great player, one of the best players to grace the last era of football", said West Ham United manager David Moyes, who gave Rooney his debut at Everton, and also managed him at Manchester United.
Wayne Rooney's Premier League future may become clearer on Friday after reports suggested he was on the brink of a move to America.
The 63-year-old signed a deal until the summer of 2019 and says he has started planning at Everton for next season.
Rooney is Everton's top scorer with 11 goals this season but he hasn't found the net since December, with his barren run now stretching to 18 matches.
The former England captain was visibly annoyed at being substituted just after halftime in successive games against Manchester City and Liverpool a few weeks ago. "We've not been in any hard situations since the time I've been here because we're two adults and we talk".
"Wayne is so level-headed", Allardyce added.
'In the old days managers would be involved in every negotiation and every transfer, that is not the case anymore'.
"I have a one-year contract and until some time somebody says to me "I do not want you to fulfil that contract" then I have a contract", he said.
In recent talks with Moshiri, veteran boss Big Sam laid out his plans for next season - and he doesn't see Rooney figuring in the first team.