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Luis Jose Hernandez has not signed for Manchester United

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Manchester United's alleged agreement with Deportivo Sapirssa over the signing of highly-rated defender Luis Jose Hernandez has been denied by the Costa Rican Football Association, who claim the talented teenager has not signed a contract with the Red Devils, nor is there any possibility of him moving to Old Trafford.

On Saturday, U17 national team coach Randall Chacon was quoted live on air whilst commentating on the senior national team's recent encounter with Haiti saying that the 16-year-old left-back was on his way to the Theatre of Dreams.

He suggested Hernandez had put pen to paper on a deal that would see him link-up with the Premier League giants after the forthcoming 2015 Youth World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Mexico.

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However, it seems as though Chacon has jumped the gun with regards to Hernandez's future after Costa Rica's Director of Communications Cristiam Williams released a statement to completely quash speculation of the player's imminent switch to England.

"[Chacon's claim] currently has no basis, the player was in England in January 2014 doing an internship, but there is no contract and no possibility of it," Williams was quoted by local publication Sensacion Deportiva.

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"We regret that this information comes at a time where the player is focused to achieve a pass to the [Youth] World [Cup]."

Manchester United supporters are unlikely to be too disappointed with news this alleged transfer has fallen through, given the fact Hernandez is relatively unknown and still in the formative stage of his career.

Future talent?

The fact Louis van Gaal signed two left-sided defenders in the form of Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw last summer also means that the specialist position is not exactly in need of immediate attention when it comes to the Dutchman strengthening his squad.

However, clearly there is some interest on the Red Devils' part as Hernandez has previously spent time at the club, proven by this picture he had in a Manchester United training kit with former captain Patrice Evra last season.

South American scouts will likely continue to monitor the youngster's development back in his homeland, so don't rule out the possibility of Hernandez returning to Carrington at some point in the future, particularly if he continues to impress at youth international level.

Deportivo Sapirssa have a great track record of producing players that have gone on to thrive in Europe, with Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, Everton's Bryan Oviedo and Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas all coming through the same youth academy.

Manchester United fans: Would you like to see Luis Jose Hernandez move to Old Trafford? Or are you happy with the left-back options currently available to Louis van Gaal? Share your thoughts below...

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