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Swiss starlet deals United decisive January transfer blow

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Manchester United are set to miss out on Swiss midfield target Granit Xhaka in January.

The 19-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks, with Sir Alex Ferguson said to be an admirer of the six-cap international.

However, the teenager believes he has plenty to look forward too at St. Jakob-Park this season, and won't be leaving the Super League champions for Manchester United - or anyone for that matter - until the summer at the earliest.

"My plan is to stay at least until summer at FCB. I know what I have here," said the youngster.

"We also have the Champions League knockout round against Bayern Munich: two absolute dream games in which I believe we have a chance at advancement."

Xhaka, who played a part in knocking the Red Devils out of Europe's premier club competition in December, has earned rave reviews in his homeland since graduating to the first team under Heiko Vogel.

It's led to speculation over a move to a number of clubs across Europe at the first available opportunity, with Manchester United one of those keen to add the youngster's services in an area of particular concern for the English champions.

Injuries have left Manchester United particularly short in the central area in recent months, with Tom Cleverley and Darren Fletcher long-term absentees and Anderson only just returning to first-team action.

Should Ferguson look to strengthen in the position in the transfer window, his recent track record suggests a young player might be on the card, but Xhaka no longer looks like the man for Manchester United this month at least.

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