Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan insists he's "not heading for the exit" of the Portuguese club with Manchester United reportedly interested in making a summer transfer swoop.
The Argentinian midfielder has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, and the speculation is likely to increase ahead of the summer transfer window opening next month.
Manchester United have been heavily linked with Gaitan for the past year, while Spurs are also believed to be monitoring his situation.
However neither team are likely to be able to secure his services after the midfielder emphatically ruled out any chance of a transfer - although he did compare his current situation to when he unexpectedly joined Benfica from Boca Juniors in 2010.
"I have to be honest, at the time I did not want to leave Boca Juniors," he said. "I had played there all my life, but it was a good deal for me and the club.
"I had the opportunity to come play in Europe, to play the Champions League and Europa League, and now I'm very happy to be at Benfica.
"The same thought that I had when I was at Boca Juniors is what I now think of Benfica.
"I do not want to leave. I'm not heading for the exit at Benfica."
Manchester United appear to focussing their efforts in the transfer market elsewhere regardless of their previous interest in Gaitan.
Although the Red Devils look set to miss out on Cesc Fabregas they appear to be in the hunt for Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger and Atletico Madrid's Koke. With Louis Van Gaal installed as boss at Old Trafford a move for the former seems increasingly likely.
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