The Argie ace told the Daily Mail: "Yes, we have a special understanding, it works for us. He's the best player at the club.
"He made me feel welcome, made me feel part of the team.
"I understand him as a player and I like the way that he plays, as well as his personality, his character. He has many qualities and strengths.
"He is a strong and skilful player. In that goal against Middlesbrough, you can see how clever Rooney is.
"We seem to have a confidence in each other. You must give him credit too for that. Since day one, the very first training session, I came home and I knew that we could play well together.
"I watched him, I studied his movement and sometimes it is what he does off the ball, as well as what he does with the ball, that makes him a special player.
"The playing relationship between us came quickly."