Hodgson praise for 100m Rooney
Roy Hodgson watched his Fulham side become the latest to be dismantled by Wayne Rooney and admitted it is little surprise Real Madrid think he is worth £100million. Real president Florentino Perez is obsessed with Rooney according to the club's former president Ramon Calderon, despite the fact neither Manchester United nor their star man have given any indication a transfer is possible. And after taking his tally for the season to 32 with the first two goals in a 3-0 win over the Cottagers at Old Trafford that took United back to the Premier League summit, Hodgson could only join the chorus of praise. Wayne Rooney is proving he is among the best in the world every week, said Hodgson. He is scoring lots of goals in a tough league like ours. He is starring for England and is starring in the Champions League. Anyone doing that is a player who will be talked about and someone everyone else is going to be coveting. It is no surprise people are coveting Wayne Rooney. It is pointless for me to say Wayne Rooney is an excellent player because you could get that from the man in the pub. I just know we don't have that kind of money. Rooney is now just 10 behind Cristiano Ronaldo's staggering total from two years ago that helped crown him world player of the year. Not that Rooney is the type to welcome any comparisons. If I am being honest, getting to 42 goals wouldn't mean a lot to me, he said. It is not something I have looked at. Obviously it is nice to score goals. I want to score goals in every game and what Cristiano Ronaldo achieved was unbelievable. But I am a different player and a different person. I am not comparing myself to Cristiano. United are now two points ahead of Chelsea - who have a game in hand - and Arsenal, with eight games remaining, starting with next week's eagerly-anticipated visit of Liverpool, and including the visit of Carlo Ancelotti's men on April 3. There can only be one winner and I think it is going to be us, said the £30.75million Bulgarian. Arsenal and Chelsea are great teams and we have difficult games ahead of us but the good thing is we play at home at Old Trafford against Chelsea and that will be an advantage for us. I am optimistic that in the end we will be champions. What do you think? Have your say.
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