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Eduardo Salvio feels "great affection" for Benfica

Salvio happy to stay with Benfica... (©GettyImages)
Salvio happy to stay with Benfica... (©GettyImages).

Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City target Eduardo Salvio feels "great affection" for current club Benfica, pouring cold water on reports linking him with a move away from the Portuguese giants.

In an in-depth interview on Salvio's very own recently-launched website (toto-salvio.com), the 23-year-old midfielder spoke of the "very positive" decision to leave Atletico Madrid in 2012, claiming he has "demonstrated my value" since securing an €11 million switch two years ago.

Salvio has been linked with a whole host of Premier League clubs over the course of the summer, including Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City.

Although it's unclear whether any of the Argentine's potential suitors made an official approach for Salvio, Benfica did their best to ward off interest by slapping a £34 million price tag on the in-demand winger.

And with Salvio seemingly more than happy to remain at the Estádio da Luz - better known as the Stadium of Light - the Premier League trio will have to look elsewhere in their attempts to strengthen their front line.

Arsenal were linked with the tricky playmaker prior to splashing out £42.5 million on German international Mesut Ozil, so Arsene Wenger's interest in bringing Salvio to the Emirates may well have cooled.

Across north London, Tottenham have been on a summer spending spree of their own, splashing out upwards of £100 million on the likes of Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen, but to name a few.

With Andre Villas-Boas having been put off by Salvio's price tag, Manchester City were left as the sole candidates for the player's signature, but new boss Manuel Pellegrini opted against pursuing the 23-year-old star.

Out of options and with Salvio more than happy in Portugal, talk of a transfer has all but ended - for now, at least.

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