Manchester United's hopes of signing Arturo Vidal in January have been dealt a blow after the Juventus playmaker insisted he is happy with life in Turin.
The Chile international was asked about his future in the build-up to Monday's Italian Super Cup final against Napoli, and he made the most of the opportunity to play down speculation about a prospective transfer in the mid-season window.
Vidal continues to be linked with a move to Old Trafford despite failing to recapture the sort of form that initially sparked Louis van Gaal's interest in the summer, as he struggles to overcome the recurring knee injury that has hampered his progress this term.
However, the South American's latest comments will surely now extinguish those Red Devils rumours after he made clear he's only thinking about a future in Italy and fighting for another Scudetto with Massimo Allegri's side in 2014/15.
"My future? I am ready to marry my wife, I'm happy, I have a life here, a house, I'm good in Turin," he was quoted saying by Tuttomercatoweb.
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Looking ahead to tonight's showpiece final in Doha, and then Juventus' challenge for a fourth consecutive league title, Vidal added: "In the battle anything can happen, you can make a mistake that changes the game.
"The best team Juventus is in the league, we are first and we won three league titles in a row. Of course Roma is strong, with great players, and will fight to the end."
Van Gaal is expected to re-enter the transfer market for more Manchester United reinforcements in January after being promised significant funds to invest in his playing squad, despite spending upwards of £150 million in the summer.
Kevin Strootman is another name frequently linked with the Theatre of Dreams after he made his playing comeback for AS Roma last month after recovering from a serious anterior cruciate knee ligament injury suffered last season.
The Dutch coach knows the 24-year-old well from his time coaching the Netherlands national team, and has made no secret of his admiration for the box-to-box midfielder with the mid-season window looming.
According to the Daily Star, Strootman will cost Manchester United at least £30 million, and their prospects of luring the former PSV Eindhoven star to the Premier League in the New Year have been improved by the fact Rudi Garcia's side suffered a shock exit from the Champions League at the expense of the Red Devils' local rivals Manchester City.
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