Valdano dismisses Rooney interest
Real Madrid general manager Jorge Valdano has insisted they are not interested in taking Wayne Rooney to the Bernabeu. The Manchester United forward is on top form at the moment, and his four goals against Hull City at the weekend took the total for the season to 20.
Rooney has taken on the goalscoring mantle of Cristiano Ronaldo, who moved to Real in the summer, and now reports have linked the England international with Los Merengues, Barcelona and AC Milan. The 24-year-old has said himself he is happy at Old Trafford, and Valdano is adamant the player is not a target for the La Liga club following the exit of Ruud van Nistelrooy to Hamburg.
Valdano told Radio COPE: "He is extraordinary, very, very good. But Rooney is English and we all know they find it difficult to adapt to another type of competition to the Premier League. He is a very interesting player but we have not ever been interested."
Real also appear to be on the brink of securing Racing Santander teenager Sergio Canales. The attacker has been linked with a number of clubs, including both Manchester clubs, Liverpool and Arsenal, but he seems set for the Bernabeu.
While the transfer has not been confirmed, Valdano was happy to talk about the 18-year-old. "He is very talented, he has technical capability, imagination and mental coolness, which is something unusual to see in such young players," said the Real chief.
Valdano has stressed the club will accept the punishment that is to be imposed on Ronaldo following his sending-off during the 2-0 win over Malaga on Sunday. The Portuguese was given a straight red card after his swinging elbow caught Mtiliga in the face as he tried to escape the attentions of the Denmark international.
Valdano added: "We regret the injury to the Malaga player and we accept the decision. But we defend our right in the conviction that we are right."