Darron Gibson: 'Wayne Rooney influenced Everton move'

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Darron Gibson claims that Wayne Rooney convinced him to leave Manchester United for Everton.

Darron Gibson has claimed that former Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney convinced him to join Everton.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at Goodison Park on Friday.

Rooney played for the Everton senior side for two years before his high-profile move to United in 2004.

"Wayne just told me it was a great club," Gibson told Evertontv.

"He told me he really enjoyed his time here. He really enjoyed the people here and the players were great as well.

"I think having a word with him and having a word with people like Tim Cahill and Phil Neville just convinced me the decision was right to come."

The Toffees travel to Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday.

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