United 'little prince' target rebuffs Fergie interest


Manchester United midfield target Claudio Marchisio has revealed he's happy at Juventus and not currently interested in a move to England.

The 25-year-old Italian international, dubbed the little prince in his homeland, has been earning rave reviews in Serie 'A' and has subsequently been linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League.

Tipped as a potential successor to Paul Scholes at Old Trafford, Marchisio admits to be flattered by the Manchester United link, but happy at his current home with Juventus.

"Although there were a lot of rumours about a potential transfer, I always had the club's full confidence," he told TuttoSport.

"I never even thought about leaving Juventus. I had only just signed a contract extension and had absolutely no reason to think about a transfer."

Speaking in August, Marchisio referred to the Red Devils as a 'great team', but that he has no plans to leave Turin anytime soon.

"It's nice because they [Manchester United] are a great team but I am a Juve player and I can't think of anything better than to finish the season wearing this jersey. I hope to continue here for as long as possible."

With his current quotes in mind, Sir Alex Ferguson will now have to take his playmaker search elsewhere if he wishes to strengthen in the position at the start of the year.

Wesley Sneijder, Mario Gotze and Lucas Rodriguez have all been linked with Manchester United in recent months, although young Tom Cleverley holds the reigns after an impressive start to the season before injury struck.

A subsequent dip in form, culminating in the club's exit from the Champions League last night, will have left Ferguson evaluating his options as January looms large over Manchester United.

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