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Exclusive: Wayne Rooney hails Ryan Giggs ahead of 1000th match

Rooney paid tribute to Ryan Giggs (©Getty Images)
Rooney paid tribute to Ryan Giggs (©Getty Images).

Wayne Rooney has heaped praise on his Manchester United teammate Ryan Giggs as the Welshman closes in on his 1000th senior appearance.

Giggs put pen to paper on a new one-year contract extension on Friday morning - a deal which will keep him at the club until June 2014 and past his 40th birthday.

The United midfielder has made 931 appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson's side - a club record - and has won 12 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues and four FA Cups during his 22-year career with the Red Devils so far. That trophy haul makes him the most decorated player in English football history.

Giggs is poised to make his 1000th senior appearance - including United, Wales and Team GB matches - against Norwich at Old Trafford on Saturday.

And Rooney hailed Giggs for his "unbelievable achievement" - even suggesting he could be the best player he's ever played with.

Speaking exclusively to GiveMeFootball for his official Facebook page, Rooney said: "Giggsy is a legend, not only at Manchester United but in the game of football.

"To play as long as he has and to do it at the top level is an unbelievable achievement. He's right up there with the best I've played with, if not the best.

"He brings so much to the squad, whether it's his experience around the place or when he's still scoring on the pitch.

"He'll make his 1000th appearance tomorrow but he's still that good that I can't see where it's going to end."

The visit of Norwich marks the beginning of a four-game run of home fixtures for Ferguson's side. They welcome Real Madrid to Manchester next Tuesday, before Chelsea visit in the FA Cup sixth round the following weekend.

Reading complete a busy two weeks for the Premier League leaders on 16 March. But even with the marquee matches to come, Rooney insists it's important not to look too far ahead.

"Big game against Norwich tomorrow," Rooney continued. "They're a good side and beat us earlier in the season so we need to be up for it."

United could stretch their lead over second-placed Manchester City to 15 points this weekend with victory over the Canaries. Chris Hughton's side have proved a tough nut to crack on more than occasion this season, and secured a 1-0 win over United at Carrow Road earlier this term.

City don't play until Monday evening, when they take on relegation battlers Aston Villa at Villa Park.

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