Hiddink plays down Anzhi interest in Rooney
By Football News
Anzhi Makhachkala coach Guus Hiddink has denied the club will move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
The Russian club, who are owned by billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, are aiming to build a squad capable of beating the best in Europe and have made steady inroads and are topping their domestic league.
And, after Roberto Carlos said on Thursday that Anzhi are considering a move for Rooney, Hiddink insists the former left-back was just expressing his desire rather than actual intent.
Speaking to reporters after his team's 1-0 loss to Liverpool in the Europa League, Hiddink said: "He is vice-president, Roberto, and he can express his ideas, and he does that well.
"He hasn't said it to me so far, but it's nice sometimes to talk out of the blue without any reality."
Anzhi have already spent large amounts on transfer fees and wages for players such as Samuel Eto'o, Yuri Zhirkov and Chris Samba, but Hiddink is now focusing on promoting young local talent to the first team.
"We want star players," he said.
"But before the game (against Liverpool), I explained that the club are not making investment for investment's sake. It must be good.
"Of course, Rooney is very good. But it must be realistically achievable as well. As you have seen tonight, I was happy with the performance of some young Russian players, even though we lost.
"We are not looking just for big names. We want a good balance. I don't think the club will do anything foolish. But let's not undervalue Wayne Rooney, of course. I respect him very much."