United to miss out on 'Italian Steven Gerrard'

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Italy international Claudio Marchisio has revealed he wants to stay at Serie A champions Juventus.

According to, the 26-year-old wants to finish his career in Turin. The Italy international has 26 caps for his country, and was reportedly a transfer target for Manchester United, as Sir Alex Ferguson looked to strengthen his central midfield.

But the United boss looks to have missed out permanently on the Juve star, who came through the academy with the Italian champions before establishing himself as a key player in the heart of the club's midfield.

"I am feeling very young and I have an ongoing contract with Juventus," said Marchisio. "My dream is that when my contract expires in 2016, Juve offer me another five-year deal to keep me here until 2021.

"People have likened me to Steven Gerrard, and I would love to be identified with only one team just like him."

Marchisio travelled to Euro 2012 with Italy, and was an important part of Cesare Prandelli's midfield as the 2006 World Cup winners reached the final.

Marchisio's club team-mate Andrea Pirlo received a huge amount of praise for his performances in Ukraine and Poland, and some have suggested that Marchisio, Pirlo and Arturo Vidal form one of the best midfields in the world for their club.

But Marchisio is not so sure, for one Italy's conquerers at Euro 2012, Spain, are largely made up of Barcelona's dominant midfield trio.

"I do not know of many midfields that are stronger than ours," said Marchisio. "You could think about Bayern [Munich], even though they have a different style of play than us.

"And then there's Spain, which brings forward Barcelona's midfield. This Champions Leagye campaign will show where we stand and whether Arturo and I are at that level yet. Andrea [Pirlo] has already conquered the world and proven his worth."

Manchester United were linked with Marchisio last summer as a possible replacement for the retired Paul Scholes.

The former-England international has since returned to the Old Trafford midfield, but Manchester United still look short in the midfield area, and struggled most recently against Tottenham, losing 3-2 at home to Andre Villas-Boas' side.

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