Manchester United and Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Ruben Pardo, after the highly-rated midfielder reiterated his commitment to current club Real Sociedad.
Sky Sports reports how the 21-year-old Spaniard has attracted admiring glances from the Premier League following a series of impressive performances in La Liga this season.
Red Devils boss David Moyes has been credited with an interest in bringing Pardo to Old Trafford, as he looks to add more creativity to his ranks during the summer.
Brendan Rodgers has also been mooted as an admirer of the Real Sociedad star, with the Reds also in the market for Anfield reinforcements when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.
However, both Manchester United and Liverpool will face an uphill struggle to convince Pardo to leave San Sebastian, after he insisted that he's happy in his homeland and planning to stay beyond his current contract which runs until 2016.
"I am happy," he enthused in an interview with Spanish publication AS. "Sincerely, I am not preoccupied with the rumours about English clubs.
"If I think about the rumours it damages my game. I am focussed on Real Sociedad.
"My deal ends in June 2016 but my desire is to stay many years with Real because I am very happy in San Sebastian."
Real Madrid are also understood to be courting the talented youngster, but a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu seems equally unlikely given Pardo's devotion to his current club.
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