United dealt decisive blow in Spanish defender chase

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Manchester United are set to miss out on Spanish international full-back Jordi Alba, according to a source close to the player.

The versatile Valencia defender has been linked with a move to Old Trafford since November, when The Metro claimed that the Red Devils were courting the 22-year-old.

However, a source told The International Business Times that the player will not be making the switch to England any time soon, and is hoping to pen a new deal at the Mestalla stadium.

"Jordi Alba wants to renew (his contract) in Valencia and I think it will be renewed this month," the source told IBT UK.

Alba himself was pressed on the subject of a move to either Manchester United or Barcelona at the start of 2012, but was confident things would work out for him to stay with Los Che.

"It's still the same, there was a first contact and now my agents are working on it," he said.

"Everything will work out, things will go on, but people must understand that I devote myself to playing and trying to do my best and do not worry about anything else."

The IBT had reported in November that Valencia were looking to secure the long-term services of Alba in La Liga, amidst initial reports that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was taking an interest.

Alba would certainly fit the mould at Manchester United, with Ferguson signing young players in an effort to build for the future, particularly in defence. Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have been drafted in over recent years.

Compatriot David de Gea also made the move from Spain in the summer, although the former Atletico Madrid starlet no longer looks like he'll be joined by Alba at Manchester United.

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