Manchester United appear to have been dealt their first definitive blow of the summer transfer window, as William Carvalho confirmed on a Portuguese T.V station that he will be remaining with Sporting Lisbon after this summer’s World Cup.
The appointment of Louis van Gaal to the Old Trafford hot-seat was said to have given new legs to the possibility of the highly-rated Portugal starlet moving to the club in the upcoming transfer period, but the player himself today quelled such talk. Speaking with Portuguese station SIC, Carvalho told how he had no plans to switch teams either before or after the World Cup in Brazil, and was committed to seeing out a contract which ends in 2018.
“My future is set. I’ll return to Sporting Lisbon after the World Cup," the midfielder said.
"I’m a Sporting player until 2018. Everything else is just speculation."
The comments will most certainly have dented Van Gaal’s ambitions, as the Dutchman was said to consider Carvalho as one of his priority signings for the summer. Possessive of a release clause worth an astounding £45million the 21-year-old has established himself as one of the most burgeoning talents in Europe this season, and was widely tipped to help revamp a United midfield largely bereft of creative flair.
Of course the fact that Carvalho does have a release clause means that all is not lost for Van Gaal and co. If they were willing to pay the aforementioned fee then Sporting’s hand would be forced into letting him negotiate with last season’s Premier League champions. For now though it would seem that the youngster is perfectly happy where he is.