Paris Saint Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has told Sky Sports News that the club are interested in Wayne Rooney – but has denied making a formal approach.
The Champions League returns on Tuesday, and there is quite a game in store in France as big spending PSG take on Barcelona.
Ahead of the clash with Barca, Al-Khelaifi spoke with Sky Sports News’ chief news reporter Bryan Swanson, and he revealed that he is happy to see big-name players linked with the club, as it highlights their progress.
“Thankfully there is a lot of players really interested in the club, this was not the case when we bought the club,” he told Sky Sports.
Quizzed about their reported interest in Rooney, he admitted to being a fan of the Manchester United forward – but denied making any approaches.
“I think we didn’t talk honestly, he is a great player, he is one of the best strikers in the world,” he said.
“I think everyone would like to have him but if you want to talk about the fact, we didn’t approach him.”
PSG have also been linked with the possible appointment of Arsene Wenger, but he also played this down.
“Arsene Wenger is a great manager and has done a great job with Arsenal,” he said.
“But he has a contract for another year I believe I heard in the media and so he is I think staying in Arsenal but I cannot talk on his behalf, I don’t know what he will decide but we have Carlo and we are very satisfied with Carlo Ancelotti.”
Al-Khelaifi says the club’s owners, the Qatar Investment Authority, will continue to ‘invest’ in PSG.
“We invest some money in the club, but we have to if we want to be in the top five clubs in Europe, we have to invest,” he said.