Slovak playmaker to snub 'extensive' United interest

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Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Slovakian international playmaker Marek Hamsik.

The Napoli star has been heavily linked with a move away from the Stadio San Paolo, with clubs in England, Spain and Germany all thought to be keen on adding the 24-year-old.

However, agent Juraj Venglos insists his client is happy in Italy, and is hoping to extend his current contract, which expires in 2015.

"We hope to sign a contract renewal soon. There is a concrete proposal from Napoli and the possibility of Hamsik staying is very weak," said Venglos.

"Marek will continue his adventure at Napoli because he is happy and wants to fight for trophies.

"The rumours of foreign clubs interested in the boy are normal for a player of his quality but Napoli are not willing to sell."

TalkSPORT reports that Manchester United have had the player watched 'extensively' over the past two seasons, with Sir Alex Ferguson an admirer of the former Brescia starlet.

His link to the Red Devils grew stronger in the summer, with Hamsik one of the players mentioned as a possible replacement for Paul Scholes, who retired to move into a coaching role at Manchester United in the summer.

Wesley Sneijder was also linked, but instead Ferguson handed the reigns to Tom Cleverley, who impressed in the position at Old Trafford before injury struck. The England international's absence coincided with a dip in-form which has now seen Manchester United knocked out of the Champions League.

The Scottish boss is now expected to turn to the transfer market when it re-opens in the first month of 2012, but Manchester United will now have to look elsewhere after the latest omission from Hamsik's agent.

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