Manchester United look resigned to miss out on long-term target Ezequiel Garay, as he signalled his intentions to remain with Benfica for the long-term future.
Speculation had been rife that the Red Devils would finally secure the services of the Argentinian this summer, with reports claiming that they were close to sealing a deal which would see the 27-year-old move to Old Trafford at the end of this season. However, as if to compile the pressure on the Premier League champions following the sacking of David Moyes, the centre-back is said to have revealed to A Bola that he is happy to stay at the Estadio da Luz.
Immediately after clinching the Portuguese title with Benfica, Garay - said to have a release clause of €20million - replied to a question concerning his future and answered: “I don't know, we'll see.
"My wife and I are very happy here and I hope to stay more years."
Naturally many United fans will see this as the final nail in the coffin with regards to their pursuit of the former Real Madrid ace. The gaping hole in the heart of their defence made courtesy of Nemanja Vidic's exit to Inter Milan will definitely remain, but it would appear that they will need to turn to alternate targets if they wish to plug it.