Hoffenheim midfielder Roberto Firmino has played down speculation linking him with a possible move to Manchester United or Arsenal after reiterating his commitment to the Bundesliga outfit and insisting that he is still very happy at the Rhein-Neckar Arena.
The Brazil international has been tipped to make a Premier League switch this summer following a stand-out campaign in Germany, but despite constant rumours regarding his future he's not even begun to think about leaving Markus Gisdol's side.
“I have a contract with Hoffenheim until 2017 and I'm happy here,” Firmino is quoted by Goal.com telling reporters. “I have developed a lot at this club and right now all I'm thinking about is playing for Hoffenheim.”
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has been credited with an interest in bringing the South American schemer to Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens, but it looks as though he faces a difficult task convincing the player to quit his current club.
Arsene Wenger has also been mooted as a long-term admirer of Firmino, but given the array of attacking midfield talent already on the books at the Emirates Stadium it remains to be seen where the former Figueirense youngster would fit into the Gunners squad in north London.
With a reported valuation of €30 million the 23-year-old certainly won't come cheap if he were to leave Hoffenheim before the start of 2015/16, and the fact that Firmino has a growing list of admirers means his asking price could rise even further.
Brazil boss Dunga recently stated his belief that the player is capable of playing for any club in world football, so despite Firmino's reassurances don't expect him to stay put for too much longer.
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