Manchester United & Chelsea target 'content' in Portugal

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Manchester United and Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of William Carvalho after Sporting Lisbon's president revealed that the midfielder is content in Portugal and doesn't want to leave.

Sky Sports reports how the 21-year-old has been the subject of intense transfer speculation in recent months, with a number of top European clubs monitoring his development at Estadio Jose Alvalade.

Red Devils scouts have been spotted running the rule over the Portugal international on numerous occasions already this season, and there have been suggestions this week that Carvalho's agent was in Manchester to discuss the possibility of a summer transfer to Old Trafford.

David Moyes is understood to be very keen to secure the player's signature, as he looks to strengthen his Manchester United squad significantly ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

Chelsea have also been mooted as admirers of the talented youngster, who has a £37.5million buy-out clause written into his current contract at Sporting, with Jose Mourinho weighing up the pros and cons of luring Carvalho to Stamford Bridge.

However, according to Bruno de Carvalho, neither Chelsea, Manchester United nor Real Madrid stand a chance of capturing the player, because he is happy to continue his development at Sporting.

"We are calm although every day there are stories in the papers appearing about the sale of our player," he told TVI 24 in Portugal. "Sporting is not a club exclusively just for the sale of players.

"If a club pays 45m euro then it is not necessary to speak, but I think William does not want to leave Sporting."

With three goals in 23 first-team appearances for Leonardo Jardim's side in 2013/14, Carvalho's breakthrough season in the Primeira Liga has been a remarkable success. He looks destined for a bright future in the game, but seems to be in no rush to negotiate a big-money move to a European giant.

"At the moment it is more likely that he will sign a new deal," De Carvalho added. "Personally, I say that the kid is content at Sporting."

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