Manchester United and Liverpool target Everton Ribeiro has played down speculation over a big move away from Brazil.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has been earning rave review at Cruzeiro, with The Daily Mail reporting that Manchester United were preparing a €14million bid to bring the player to the Premier League ahead of Liverpool.
However, the versatile playmaker, who can also play on the wing, is happy with life at the Brasileiro Serie A champions, and is looking forward to testing himself in the Copa Libertadores next season.
"There is a lot of speculation but for now I am just enjoying my vacations. I'll present myself at Cruzeiro on 6 January to have a good pre-season and another great year at Cruzeiro,” he said, according to The Daily Star.
"I don't know what will happen after Libertadores. Football is very dynamic; I'll do like I did this year, step by step. Everything is working out little by little, Cruzeiro have a great squad, everyone treats me well and I am very happy there."
The quotes will be a blow to interested parties, including champions Manchester United.
Manager David Moyes struggled in the transfer market after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm, with Marouane Fellaini the only addition of note at Old Trafford in the summer.
Landing Ribeiro ahead of their rivals would have been a coup for the Manchester United manager in January, but it appears that a move is now unlikely.
Liverpool have continued to be linked with the player, despite appearing to play second-fiddle in the race to bring the player to England.
Brendan Rodgers had success bringing a South American to Anfield last January, with Philippe Coutinho making an impact for the Reds as they challenge for the title this season.
Ribeiro could have complemented his compatriot on Merseyside, but Liverpool will also have to set their sights elsewhere.
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