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£25.4m Spanish midfielder not focused on United move

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Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia is focused on playing for the Portuguese side, and not on a potential move to Manchester United.

The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal also reported to be in contention, while AC Milan are also circling.

But United's reported interest has been more persistent, advances that won't affect the player according to his agent.

"The important thing is Benfica," Manuel Garcia Quillon said. "If clubs are interested, they should talk to Benfica's president and with us and then we will see.

"Right now, there is nothing serious, everything we know is through the press. It is crucial that Javi Garcia sees out his contract because Benfica are doing their part.

"He is focused on Benfica, the Portuguese Liga and the Champions League. He wants to do what is best for the club."

Contracted with Benfica until 2014, Garcia has a release clause of £25.4 million, a price that could put off United, who are in desperate need to improving their midfield options.

Injuries to Anderson and Tom Cleverley, as well as the loss of form of Daren Fletcher and Michael Carrick has left United exposed in the middle of midfielder, with Phil Jones having recently been utilised in the position.

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