x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

United striker Rooney an 'obsession' for Real

After their incessant, and ultimately successful, courting of Cristiano Ronaldo it appears Real Madrid have turned their attention to Manchester United's other crown jewel.

After their incessant, and ultimately successful, courting of Cristiano Ronaldo it appears Real Madrid have turned their attention to Manchester United's other crown jewel - Wayne Rooney, In fact, according to Ramon Calderon, Real's former president, the Spanish giants are "obsessed" with the on-form England striker. Real, who have spent £250million (Dh1.4bn) assembling a team with stars such as Ronaldo, Kaka and Xabi Alonso, were knocked out of the Champions League in midweek by Lyon, the sixth consecutive season they have fallen before the quarter-final stage.

Florentino Perez, the club president, has been linked with potential moves for Jose Mourinho, in charge at Inter Milan, to replace manager Manuel Pellegrini and United's forward Rooney. Calderon said: "It seems that it's an obsession for the president to go for Rooney. I imagine Manchester United wouldn't like to lose a player like him. "Sometimes it's a point of money and if there is a proposal maybe there will be a deal.

"You have to take into account that the most important thing is what a player wants to do. "Ronaldo was a good signing. He is one of the best. He is a professional, a real professional and he is doing a really good job. "I don't know if it is possible to spend again another 100 or 80million more euros (Dh505-404m). I imagine in that case you would have to sell." Asked on BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek if Ronaldo regretted his move to Madrid after coming up short in the Champions League, Calderon added: "I don't think so.

"He did what he wanted to do, he came to a big club. The idea was to win everything but you can't buy everything with money. Even though you think you've got lot of very good players together, that's not the same as having a good team." * With agencies