Claudio Marchisio 'proud' of Manchester United interest

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Manchester United summer target Claudio Marchisio has admitted he was 'proud' at being linked with a move to the Premier League champions, reports Sport Witness.

Reports suggested Manchester United were readying a £26m bid for Juventus star Marchisio, after their attempts to buy Barcelona ace Cesc Fabregas were rebuffed.

Juventus director Beppe Marotta claimed that United were wasting their time in trying to sign the Italy international, as he they had 'never thought about selling Marchisio'.

However the 27-year-old has since stated that he was flattered to be linked with both Manchester United and French moneybags Monaco.

The Juventus vice-captain also refused to rule out leaving Serie A in the near future.

Speaking to Tuttosport, Marchisio said: "I'm waiting to see if I am important for Juve.

"I will speak with the club as soon as I go back to Italy. I'd like to stay, but we must both agree. I'd look around and I would be ready to consider any offers.

"I read the interest of Manchester United and Monaco: in these cases, I'd be proud."

Manchester United went onto buy Marouane Fellaini from Everton for £27.5m. 

However Red Devils manager David Moyes may try to sign another central midfielder in January - with reports suggesting Anderson could leave Old Trafford when the transfer window re-opens in the new year.

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