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Manchester United transfer target flattered by interest

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Getafe midfielder Pablo Sarabia is flattered by reports linking him with a transfer to Manchester United, but claims any serious discussions about his future will have to be postponed until the end of the season.

Sarabia was mentioned as a possible transfer target for Manchester United during the winter window, although it is unclear if any approach was made by David Moyes. But the links alone have been a source of pride for the 21-year-old, who will consider his options in the summer.

"My agent and I never talk about this during the season because I think it is a way to unbalance a player and distract them from their work," Sarabia said, as reported by The Mirror.

"What I have to do is stay focused on the goal, which is to save the team.

"Clearly, if the interest is real, I'm proud that such a great club notices me, but now I have to be focused here and give the maximum for the club of Getafe."

Manchester United manager Moyes was reported to have sent coach Phil Neville to scout Sarabia in action for Getafe earlier this season with a view to making a move to sign the player before the January transfer deadline.

But Moyes instead focused his attention on the acquisition of Sarabia’s compatriot Juan Mata, who joined Manchester United in a club record £37.1 million deal from Chelsea. Sarabia has been likened to Mata, and continues to impress in La Liga.

The Spain under-21 international, who is a graduate of the Real Madrid youth set-up like Mata, has provided four assists and scored one goal in 16 league starts this season.

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