Rooney on Real wish list

MADRID - Big-spending Real Madrid, who suffered an embarrassing Champions League exit, are eyeing Manchester United star Wayne Rooney as they prepare for next season, according to reports yesterday.

MADRID - Big-spending Real Madrid, who suffered an embarrassing Champions League exit, are eyeing Manchester United star Wayne Rooney as they prepare for next season, according to reports yesterday.

Rooney, 24, is the "favourite" of Real chairperson Florentino Perez "for the new plan", the newspaper ABC said.

Perez "has had his eye on Rooney for a long time, even more so in view of the great season hes having", it said.

The England striker has unleashed an incredible burst of 24 goals in his last 22 matches that have kept United in contention in both the Premier League and Champions League.

But Spanish media say it is unlikely that Rooney will follow former United star Cristiano Ronaldo to Real. - Sapa-AFP

X