United dealt decisive blow in Honduras defender chase

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Celtic left back Emilio Izaguirre has revealed he will not be leaving the club this summer.

The Honduras international confirmed over the weekend that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was interested in bringing the player to Old Trafford, but the player is keen to continue his career in the Scottish Premier League.

"I can tell all the fans of the club that Emilio has the sole mission of not lowering the level that made him the best foreigner in the Scottish Premier League," Marco Tulio Suazo, Izaguirre's adviser, told the Daily Record.

"Emilio has the plan of fulfilling the contract that still binds him to Celtic as an alleged sale to England, at this moment in time, is not a reality."

The comments come less than 48 hours after Izaguirre revealed the Red Devils' interest in his services, although the defender never appeared to look to force the hand of Celtic and demand a move.

"I have to confirm it's 100 per cent true that Manchester United were following me and were interested in me," said the player.


"It was Sir Alex Ferguson directly who made contact with the Celtic directors.

"I am aware also that Manchester United and Celtic agreed for a meeting in July. We have to see what happens if I stay or I go."

Bhoys boss Neil Lennon was quick to respond to the comments, confirming that the club wanted to keep the player at Park Head for the foreseeable future.

"You're always going to get speculation about your best players. I understand that," said Lennon.

"But there's been no interest expressed in Beram or Emilio and I've had no one on the telephone enquiring about any other player if it comes to that. Every player has his price but I'm not prepared to sell my better ones and Emilio certainly comes into that category."

It appears that Manchester United will now have to turn their attentions elsewhere if they are to bring a left back to Old Trafford this summer.

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