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Dante plays down Man Utd link; Maiga attracting interest

Bayern Munich defender Dante has played down reports linking him with a January move to Manchester United.

Bayern Munich defender Dante has played down reports linking him with a January move to Manchester United, insisting he is happy at the Allianz Arena.

The Brazil international, 30, has already made 25 appearances in all competitions for the treble winners this season, tallying one goal and four assists.

Dante, whose current contract with the German champions expires in the summer of 2016, appreciates the interest from United but appears content with continuing his career in Munich, and rightfully so.

“What I can say is that my agents are the ones who handle deals and talks,” Dante told Fox Sports Brasil, as per Sky Sports.

“I am happy at Bayern and the most important is to keep working, I am happy with Man Utd’s interest, let’s see what happens in the future.”

“I follow the Premier League and although Man Utd are in a bad moment, I appreciate the interest.”

Since joining Bayern from Borussia Mönchengladbach for €4.7 million in 2012, Dante has won seven trophies for both club and country.

The 30-year-old’s agent Marcus Marin has also rubbished reports suggesting his client is on his way to Old Trafford.

“There is no agreement with Manchester United,” said Marin.

“We are currently in negotiations with Bayern over a new deal and his first option is to play there.

“He is very happy in Germany at the moment but if nothing can be arranged in the next few weeks then of course he would have to explore his options elsewhere.

“Dante is at a crucial stage of his career so he needs to think about one last big contract. He has had a brilliant year and won several medals so we know how important the next few months will be.

“We are hoping that something can be resolved before the World Cup.”

Dante, valued at around €17 million, is priced at 16/1 to open the scoring against his former club when Bayern visit Borussia-Park to take on Gladbach on Friday.

Maiga attracting interest

The agent of West Ham United forward Modibo Maiga, Willie McKay, has revealed his client is attracting interest from a host of European clubs, including Turkish Süper Lig side Sivasspor.

Maiga, 26, joined West Ham from Sochaux for an undisclosed fee in 2012 but has produced a disappointing tally of six goals in 38 appearances (19 starts) in all competitions for the Hammers.

The Mali international is by no means surplus to requirements at Upton Park. However, the club and manager Sam Allardyce are willing to allow him to leave this month.

“Sivasspor have expressed an interest in Maiga and we are talking to them and several other clubs,” McKay told Sky Sports.

“There are other Turkish clubs, French clubs and two in the UK who are interested in him.

“West Ham are ready to let him leave and it could be a permanent deal.

“Modibo might go out later this week to Turkey for talks and have a look around the clubs who are interested.”

West Ham (4-6-12) are priced at 13/8 to be relegated from the English Premier League this season.

Wed 22 January, 2014
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