Manchester United transfer target James Rodriguez has played down speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford.

Rodriguez has caught the attention of numerous European clubs with his performances this season having moved to Europe from Argentina in 2010.

The Porto striker - dubbed the 'new Cristiano Ronaldo' -  has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in recent weeks, with reports suggesting Sir Alex Ferguson could make a move for their man if Nani decides to leave.

Manchester United scouts have been spotted watching the 21-year-old in action in recent months, ahead of a potential January transfer window swoop.

However the Colombian international insists he has not thought about his future and says he is focusing on his future in Porto rather than a switch to Old Trafford.

"We must be calm and quiet," he said. "Rumours and are to be taken with caution. When you are focused on your work it is normal things go well.

"But I think it is premature to think about my future. For now, I prefer to live in the present."

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has previously insisted that a move for Rodriguez wasn’t on the cards and joked that Porto players were ‘too expensive’ for him.

United get their Premier League campaign back under way this weekend with an away tie against Norwich on Saturday.

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