Ferguson to miss out on Spanish star


Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their hunt for Valencia full-back Jordi Alba, according to Talksport.


Sir Alex Ferguson was reported to have been chasing the Spain international to begin grooming him as a replacement for Patrice Evra.


The Old Trafford club were also facing competition from Barcelona, but the European champions will have to wait as well as Alba has just pledged his future to Valencia.


“Some people like me, maybe, but there has never been a firm proposal and I do not want to get into anything. It is irrelevant," he said to Radio Valencia.


I've always said I'm very comfortable here, my intention is to continue for many years and I have never said anything different.


“I've always told the truth. The issue does not bother me but I always answer the same way. People can think what they want, I'm comfortable here.


“I want to renew my contract and that says it all. Everything else is hearsay. I have a contract until 2013 and we'll see how it ends.”


The 22-year-old has recently broken into the Spain side under Vicente Del Bosque and his performances at the Mestalla have brought many admiring glances from Europe’s elite.


Valencia have well-documented financial problems and have regularly lost their best players when clubs have come in with big-money offers.


David Villa was one of these high-profile departures, he was top scorer for Los Che four seasons in a row before his €40million switch to Barcelona in the summer of 2010.


Manchester City have benefitted from this inability to refuse big offers, when they managed to lure David Silva to the Etihad Stadium and he has since become a key part of Roberto Mancini’s side.

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