Real rule out Messi & Rooney
Florentino Perez says Real Madrid have no plans to bid for Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney or Franck Ribery.
Last Updated: 08/06/10 1:39pm
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says the club have no plans to bid for Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney or Franck Ribery, but hinted at an interest in Maicon.
The Spanish giants embarked on a spending spree after Perez came in for his second stint as president last summer, recruiting the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka.
Real ended the season without a trophy to fuel speculation that more big-name players could be targeted before the start of the new campaign.
Barcelona superstar Messi is one player to be linked with the club but Perez does not rate the Argentine as highly as Ronaldo and has no intention of making a move.
"Messi is the second best player in the world, after Cristiano, and it wouldn't be good to have them in the same team," said Perez.
"This way, there is more competition," he added, implying that Madrid would be by far the greater force with both players in the side.
Perez has also ruled out swoops for Manchester United striker Rooney and Bayern Munich playmaker Ribery.
"In Rooney's position we already have very good players," he explained.
"Ribery is impossible because he just renewed his contract with Bayern."
New coach Jose Mourinho has reportedly identified four new players in order to build a team to challenge both domestically and in Europe, but Perez claims only two or three players will arrive this summer.
"We already have the stars in our current squad, so we'll sign two or three great players to complement them," he said.
Maicon, who has declared that he would like to play under Mourinho again if he does leave Inter Milan, could be one of the new arrivals.
And Perez has indicated that Real will take their time before deciding whether to step up their pursuit of the Brazilian right-back.
"There is no rush, but Maicon is one of the great players in the world in his position."
Mourinho has been criticised in the past for setting his teams out too defensively but Perez expects him to bring both success and attractive football to Madrid.
He told Cadena Copa: "He knows he is coming to a club where, as well as winning, the fans call for entertainment.
"I have no doubts about the football he will bring. I remember that his Porto and Chelsea sides played good football."