Manchester United dealt blow in chase for Barcelona midfielder

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Barcelona midfielder Alex Song insists he is happy with life in Spain, despite speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United, reports Sky Sports.

The 26-year-old endured a difficult debut campaign in La Liga, and came into criticism from some sections of the Catalan press, leading to rumours he could make a swift return to the Premier League.

Red Devils boss David Moyes has been credited with an interest in bringing Song to Old Trafford, which would see the Cameroon international link up with former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie.

However, Manchester United will struggle to convince the Barca star to leave Camp Nou, given that he is increasingly enjoying himself as part of Gerardo Martino's team.

"In comparison to my first year, I feel much better," Song explained in an interview with AS. "When you move to a new country and have to adapt to a new language, a new culture, it requires time.

"What I have discovered here is that we are like a big family and everyone has welcomed me with open arms.

"Cesc (Fabregas) is like a brother to me. He took me by the hand and guided me through those difficult early moments, and that made me feel better right away.

"Now I understand the language a little more, although I still struggle to express myself. Life's much better and I am very happy to be here."

Song is just one of many midfielders to be linked with a January transfer to Manchester United, after the Premier League champions failed to strengthen their squad significantly during the summer.

A move for Fabregas was mooted ahead of the 2013/14 campaign, but Moyes was unable to agree a fee with Barcelona, and so sanctioned the £27.5million transfer of Marouane Fellaini from former club Everton.

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