Manchester United & Liverpool target expecting Cruzeiro stay

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Manchester United and Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Everton Ribeiro, after the Brazilian midfielder said he expects to remain at Cruzeiro beyond the January transfer window.

In an interview with Globo Esporte, the 24-year-old admitted that he was aware of speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League, but reiterated that he is happy in his homeland and looking forward to the 2014 season ahead.

"There is a lot of speculation but for now I am just enjoying my vacations," Ribeiro said. "I'll present myself at Cruzeiro on 6 January to have a good pre-season and another great year at Cruzeiro."

Red Devils boss David Moyes has been frequently credited with an interest in bringing the South American schemer to Old Trafford, as he looks to add a creative midfield option to his ranks in the New Year.

Liverpool have also been mooted as admirers of Ribeiro, with Brendan Rodgers keen to maintain the Anfield club's surprise Premier League title tilt this campaign.

Ribeiro was voted Brasileirao Player of the Year after helping Cruzeiro to the domestic title last season, chipping in with seven goals and 11 assists in 35 appearances.

"Football is very dynamic, I'll do like I did this year, step by step," he added.

"Everything is working out little by little, Cruzeiro have a great squad, everyone treats me well and I am very happy there."

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