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Last Updated: Friday, 9 July, 2004, 13:15 GMT 14:15 UK
Radzinski backs Rooney exit
Everton striker Wayne Rooney
England striker Wayne Rooney has been advised to leave Everton by his Goodison team-mate Tomasz Radzinski.

The Canadian international looks to be on his way out of the club after rejecting a new contract and he has urged Rooney to follow him.

"Wayne has shown in Euro 2004 he can play at the top level and I think he needs to move on to further and better himself," said Radzinski.

"My feeling is that Wayne will definitely move."

He added: "I hope he'll go somewhere where he can improve and grow as a player and sadly I don't think that is Everton."

Radzinski is unhappy that the club rushed through a lucrative new offer for Rooney in the wake of Euro 2004 while stalling over a new offer for himself.

"I don't think it's a good place to be at the moment because next season we will be fighting another relegation battle when good players want to be testing and improving themselves by playing in Europe," he said.

"We have lost a lot of players this season and yet we have only brought one in and I am afraid I don't think Marcus Bent will be able to stop us from struggling again next season."

Everton plan to talk to Radzinski when he returns next week.

Assistant manager Alan Irvine said: "It doesn't sound like Tomasz to me.

"He's back on Monday and we will have a chat with him."

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