£20m Manchester United target makes contract declaration

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Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has insisted that a £20m switch to Manchester United could not be further from his mind, declaring that he is happy to see out the remainder of his deal in Turin despite not being a guaranteed starter.

Marchisio was watched up close and personal by United manager David Moyes earlier this month, fuelling rumours of a January bid from the defending Premier League champions as their search for fresh options in central midfield.

The 28-year-old has struggled to dislodge Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo in a richly-talented Juve midfield this season, but remains adamant that he will stay with Antonio Conte's side until his current deal expires in 2016.

He told Rai Sport: "Every transfer window things get talked about, but I'm happy about it as I have a long contract at Juventus and I intend to honour it.

Old Lady boss Conte restored Marchisio to his starting XI against Sampdoria last weekend, although his chances of retaining a starting spot could be weakened by the imminent arrival of Colombian international Fredy Guarin in a swap deal involving Juve striker Mirko Vucinic, a move due to be formalised later this week.

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