€45m Porto star calls United 'a great club'

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Porto star James Rodriguez has played down speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United, but described Sir Alex Ferguson's side as a 'great club'.

The Colombia international has a €45m buyout clause inserted into his Porto contract, but earlier reports had suggested United could offer Javier Hernandez in a player-plus-cash deal for Rodriguez.

The Porto playmaker scored the winner in his side's most recent Champions League game against Paris St Germain, and has flourished at the Portuguese club in the absence of Hulk.

Rodriguez has eight caps for Colombia, and the 21-year-old has already emerged as a key player for his country, along with Atletico Madrid superstar Radamel Falcao.

The attacking midfielder has been linked with a January move to Manchester United in the past few weeks, and the Porto star was coy on the rumours in an interview with Spanish language news site

"We all know that England and Manchester United are a great club, that the Premier League is a great league, but I am only thinking about Porto now.

"I'm focused in Porto."

Manchester United face competition for the signature of Rodriguez, with a number of Serie 'A' clubs interested in the Colombian, including Inter Milan and Juventus, according to reports.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side have had problems in central midfield, with Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs approaching the twilight of their United careers, although the Old Trafford club did spend £17m on Borussia Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa.

Rodriguez could occupy the same space as the Japan international, but the Porto star can also play out wide, offering Sir Alex Ferguson added versatility.

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