Spanish starlet on Manchester United radar

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Manchester United target Jordi Alba insists he is not thinking about leaving Valencia reports

The 22-year-old full-back is contracted at the Mestalla until June 2013, but with a current buy-out clause of €20million, the reigning Barclays Premier League champions are circling.

Alba made his Spain debut in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Scotland earlier in the month, and Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson took the opportunity to watch him in action.

Manchester United scouts have been sent to Spain on four separate occasions already this season, and reports back to Old Trafford have been glowing.


Valencia are keen to extend the player's deal and if successful the Spaniard's release clause would almost double.

"I am happy in Valencia, and want to enjoy this moment," said Alba. "I prefer to avoid the pressure from these rumours and only live each day to try and progress.

"Now I would see it very difficult to leave Valencia."

A source close to Alba's agents Vicente Fores and Jose Maria Tarraga played down speculation linking him with a move to England, and reiterated that he is not unsettled by the rumours.

"Nobody from Manchester United has contacted us," said the source. "The kid is calm and is only focused on Valencia."

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