Benfica defender Nelson Semedo plays down Manchester United speculation

by Leo Nieboer


Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo has played down rumours surrounding a potential move to Manchester United.

The 23-year-old, who joined Benfica back in 2013, has quickly established himself as the side’s first choice right-back, making 24 appearances this season.

It has been reported in recent months that club representatives had visited Lisbon to monitor the progress of both Semedo and Victor Lindelof.

However Semedo, speaking after Benfica’s Taca de Liga win over Pacos de Ferreira on Thursday, made it clear that he was going nowhere.

“You can rest easy. I’m completely focused on Benfica and I’m hoping to continue here for many years to come,” he said.

With Antonio Valencia proving to be an indispensable asset at right back under Jose Mourinho, one can understand why Semedo would prefer establishing himself further in Portugal as opposed to playing second fiddle to the 31-year-old.

That said, it does seem as if another Benfica defender could make his way to Old Trafford in the coming weeks, with Lindelof – capable of functioning at both centre-back and left-back – reportedly agreeing personal terms ahead of a potential €45m move to Old Trafford.

United fans will be keen to see whether Mourinho can acquire the services of the highly rated youngster.

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