Saul Niguez’s father dismisses Manchester United rumours

by Ben Topliss

Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez is not looking for a move away from the club amid rumoured interest from Manchester United, according to the player’s father.

Niguez has burst onto the scene for Atletico this season and Man United are said to be planning a move.

However, he himself dismissed the reports this week, insisting he wants to stay at Atletico for the rest of his career. Niguez’s father, Jose Antonio, denied that his son would leave the Vincente Calderon.

“I just heard about this through the newspapers and the TV, we knew nothing,” Niguez Snr said.

“He has always said he wants to succeed at Atletico Madrid. Saul’s release clause is €45m. The kid is happy at the club, they are counting on him, the team is doing well, top of La Liga. A lot of things would have to happen for him to leave.

“The coach is counting on him, he has his confidence. Logically things [can] change radically, because a player aged 21 who is not playing, he needs to look at other things.

“If he is not playing, it is logical for him not to be happy. But at the moment everything has changed, he is very happy with what is happening with the team, he is playing, and the team is doing well.”

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The rumours surrounding Niguez and United have been knocked back almost as quickly as they arose and it’s safe to say that the club will not be signing him anytime soon.

It is unclear exactly who United have a realistic chance of signing, as the likes of Gareth Bale and Riyad Mahrez are said to be uninterested in making the move to Manchester. Felipe Anderson, however, refused to rule out leaving Lazio in the January transfer window when asked last week.

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