Anderson Talisca rules out Benfica exit

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Benfica forward Anderson Talisca has reiterated his commitment to the Primeira Liga club amid speculation linking him with a move away from Estádio da Luz.

The Brazilian is alleged to have attracted interest from Arsenal and Liverpool, as well as earning high praise from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, but is playing down rumours of a possible exit next summer.

Speaking after last night's 1-0 victory over AS Monaco in the Champions League, the 20-year-old is quoted by Portuguese newspaper O'Jogo saying that he sees his future in Lisbon.

Talisca only joined Benfica from Bahia in his homeland during the summer, for a relatively modest fee in the region of €4 million. But, after making a scintillating start to life under Jorge Jesus, the South American talent is already being linked with another transfer in 2015.

The Mirror reported that scouts from the Emirates Stadium and Anfield made a personal check on the U21 international during Benfica's 4-0 win over Arouca last month, and have continued to monitor his situation closely as Talisca maintains his fine run of form in the early part of 2014/15.

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With a buyout clause reported to be £18 million, Premier League suitors already know the kind of money they'll need to pay to bring Talisca to England.

"I am thinking only of Benfica" - Anderson Talisca

Mourinho recently commented that the player has been on the radar of a number of major European clubs for some time, even before he made the switch to Portugal in July.

He also claimed that Talisca would already be plying his trade in the Premier League were he able to ascertain a work permit that allows him to play in England's top-flight.

However, Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers will face an uphill struggle to convince him to quit Benfica when the transfer window reopens, after Talisca spoke out about his future plans in Lisbon.

"I am thinking only of Benfica," he explained. "I'm ready, I know I have and am able to learn much from this wonderful group, with supporters and with the coach."

Impressive form

Talisca scored the decisive goal in Benfica's win last night, netting his ninth goal of the season to extend his recent streak to three consecutive games.

Having proved himself capable of finding the net on a regular basis in Portugal, he'll now be hoping to prove his class in Europe's elite club competition in a bid to put himself in contention for a call-up into Brazil's senior squad.

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