Cristiano Ronaldo does not believe Wayne Rooney will join him at Real Madrid.
Reports earlier this week suggested the Spanish giants were lining up a double swoop for the England striker Rooney and his national team boss Fabio Capello. However, Ronaldo - who moved to the Bernabeu last summer - feels his former Red Devils team-mate will remain in Old Trafford.
He told the News of the World: "I am still friends with Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic at Manchester United. I think Rooney is very happy in Manchester and even if Real Madrid tried to sign him, I don't think he would want to join me here."
However, the Portuguese admits he would like to play under Capello with current incumbent Manuel Pellegrini's future unclear.
"Definitely," he added. "He is a very important coach, one of the best in the world, he has done a fantastic job in England and has won many titles in Italy so why not? You never know."
The 25-year-old, who will travel to the World Cup this summer, believes "England are one of the best teams" in South Africa and wished them luck to "do nice things".
Last time the teams met saw Ronaldo accused of helping get Rooney sent off in the infamous winking incident.
Rather than regret the incident and subsequent furore, however, Ronaldo admits he would do it again.
"I must be honest, if the same thing happened with England and Wayne Rooney that happened in 2006, I would do the same.
"I didn't do anything wrong. I just defended the colours of my country. That is all that I did and I feel fine about what happened."
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