Wayne Rooney pledged his commitment to Derby County after revealing that he refused an Everton approach.
The Rams boss turned down the chance for an interview with his childhood club, which is looking for a new manager after he fired Rafa Bentiez earlier this month.
Former Derby boss Frank Lampard, Toffees interim manager Duncan Ferguson and Vitor Pereira are set for a new round of interviews as Goodison Park seek to appoint their next manager.
Rooney has been touted as a potential option for Everton because of his superb work at the Rams, who are somehow still looking to survive relegation from the league, despite a two-point deduction and an endless transfer embargo.
Speaking at a news conference on Friday ahead of the Derby match against Birmingham City, Rooney said: “Everton approached my agent and asked me to take an interview for the vacancy, which I refused.”
Rooney added: “I think I will be a Premier League coach. I think I’m 100% ready for that. And if that’s the case with Everton one day in the future, it would be absolutely great.
“But I have a job here in Derby County, which is an important job for me.”
England legend Gary Lineker, the presenter of the BBC show of the highlights of the day’s match, reacted to Rooney’s promise on social media.
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Perfectly summarizing Rooney’s comments, he posted two palm emojis on Twitter.
Lineker recently added his voice to those who want to see the Rams leave the administration and avoid quitting.
Derby remains in administration with business consulting firm Quantuma, hoping to secure a takeover of the club before it runs out.
It is said that three groups are interested in making a move for the Rams.