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Anzhi open to Rooney offer

ESPN staff
October 25, 2012
Wayne Rooney almost left Manchester United in 2012 © PA Photos

Anzhi Makhachkala team director Roberto Carlos has revealed that the super-rich Russians could consider a bid for Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, according to Sky Sports News.

Rooney, 27, almost left the club in 2010 before making a dramatic U-turn and opting to continue his career with the Red Devils by signing a five-year contract at Old Trafford.

However, with a lack of form and fitness issues earlier this season, many have suggested Rooney could be tempted to leave the club.

Anzhi's billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov is continuing his project to bring the best players in the world to Russia and Roberto Carlos is sure that the England striker could be on his list.

"Why not? He's one of the best players in the world and any team would be happy to have him in their squad," Carlos told Sky Sports News. "He's still a very young player.

"Of course I could not say when, and if, it will happen. It's not only Anzhi who can want to buy him. There are plenty of teams in Italy and Spain, all over the world, who are eager to have a player like Rooney.

"If the owner of Anzhi has a wish to buy somebody, he will go and do it. But we are trying to change the image of the club. It's not just about money. Of course we are going to buy good players but not only international players. We want to sign good Russian players that are not that expensive."

Anzhi are currently top of the Russian league, having lost just one of their 12 games, and leapt to the world's attention after they signed Samuel Eto'o from Inter Milan last year for a salary of €20 million after tax per season.

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