Manchester United and Liverpool eyeing Belgian ace

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Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour has revealed he is unlikely to remain with the Belgian side for much longer and admits he is aware of interest from Manchester United.

The 22-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League for the past two years, with Liverpool and Manchester United maintaining a long term interest in the Belgium international, while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also believed to have had the player watched.

The youngster is gradually returning to top form after a bad break to his right leg in September 2009 and it appears likely he will move to one of his many suitors fairly soon, if he gets his own way.

Defour told the Belgian media, "I know that Manchester United are closely monitoring my situation. There hasn't been any official contact yet though. "I've been sidelined for quite a while due to injury, but I'm playing at a high level again. The chance that I'll leave the club is rather big if I continue to play like I currently do.

"I've had the opportunity to leave Standard on more than once occasion in the past couple of seasons, but I loved the club too much to leave. However, I'm 22 years old now and I also have to think about myself.

"There comes a time when you just have to make the next step in your career, regardless of sentiments for any club."

Sir Alex Ferguson wrote a letter to Defour in the aftermath of the Belgian international's serious injury sustained last year, while Arsenal were believed to be also tracking the player at the same time. In recent weeks Liverpool have been rumoured to be considering a January approach for the precocious 22-year-old. With money promised to both Sir Alex Ferguson and Roy Hodgson by their American owners, they are his likeliest destination.

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