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Gaitan unmoved by United speculation

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Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan has played down talk of a move to Manchester United.

The Argentine has played a pivotal role in helping Benfica to the Champions league quarter-final, where they aim to overturn a one-goal deficit in the second leg at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.

The 24-year-old's performances on the continent, which saw him notch five assists in the group stage, led to talk of a move to the Premier League, with Old Trafford a muted destination.

"Every now and again I am linked to a big club in the Premier League. I am used to the rumours by now and it doesn't affect my work at Benfica," Gaitan told Goal.com.

"Manchester United? A great club, what more can I say?

Manchester City have also been mentioned a potential suitor for Gaitan, who would provide a necessary wide option for a side often bereft of supply from the flanks in the absence of England international Adam Johnson.

With Ji-Sung Park, Nani, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia in United'a ranks, Gaitan would be in good company competing for one of two side positions.

Benfica face a tough task to qualify for the Champions League through their league position, with two points separating them from Primera Liga leaders Braga, and a point off second place FC Porto.

United are likely to take their place in Europe's premier club competition, a potentially decisive carrot in tempting him away from the Estadio da Luz.

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