Manchester United & Liverpool target rules out Premier League move

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Manchester United and Liverpool target Ivan Rakitic has distanced himself from reports linking him with a move to the Premier League during the January transfer window.

The Croatian playmaker has attracted attention from both Manchester United and Liverpool following an outstanding start to the season.

Rakitic, 25, has scored eight goals and claimed six assists in 16 La Liga games for Sevilla so far this season - which has led to both north-west clubs identifying the midfielder as a possible target.

However David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers' hopes of signing the international midfielder have been dashed as the former Schalke star has declared his desire to stay in Spain.

Speaking to ESPN, Rakitic said on speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League:

“I feel happy in Sevilla and in Spain, with my wife and daughter.

“When you are happy, football is also easier. There is no tension around renewing my contract because there is still a year and a half left, but that the club do this [make him a new offer] is a great honour for me.

"People know that I am very happy here. At the moment, I am not thinking about other clubs or other countries.”

Manchester United boss Moyes, who wants to bring in a central midfielder during the January transfer window, has reportedly switched his attention to Roma's Miralem Pjanić following his side's latest setback in the transfer market.

Liverpool on the other hand are hopeful of tying up a deal to sign Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah.

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