Valencia man doesn't want Manchester United target to join Napoli

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Valencia's sporting director Francisco Rufete is confident of keeping Juan Bernat at the Mestalla beyond the summer, despite alleged interest from Manchester United and Napoli.

Sky Sports reports how the Spain U21 international has been heavily linked with a move away from La Liga in the forthcoming transfer window, after receiving admiring glances from England and Italy.

Red Devils boss David Moyes is believed to be monitoring Bernat's development at Valencia, with a view to potentially bringing him to Old Trafford, should the Premier League champions' proposed move for Southampton teenager Luke Shaw break down.

Manchester United could face competition from Napoli, though, with Rafa Benitez also a confirmed admirer of the 21-year-old left-back, who remains under contract in Spain until 2015.

Benitez is understood to have made an official enquiry for the player's services, but Rufete is determined not to lose the highly rated youngster this summer.

"Juan is a home-grown player from our academy and is a very important player for us," he told

"We want him to stay with us for a long time, but we also know that there are many clubs that are interested in him because he is playing at such a good level."

Rufete welcomed reported interest in Bernat, but warned the likes of Manchester United and Napoli making a bid at the end of the season.

"It is good that the team continues to produce such results and Bernat is certainly a player that interests Napoli and many other clubs," he added. "But our intention is to keep him."

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