Sporting: Silva is going nowhere

Sporting Lisbon have issued a statement refuting Adrien Silva's claim that he was on course to join reigning Premier League champions Leicester City.

The Portuguese international told newspaper O Jogo that the Foxes had made contact with him and a move was imminent.

"Yes, I confirm this proposal. Leicester is very interesting and corresponds to my career goals," he said.

"After the past 15 years at Sporting, this opportunity is something exceptional for me and can allow me to express and impose myself in another championship, and also to evolve in the Premier League, which is a stunning league.

"I love Sporting as a family and I dedicated myself to the club since I was 12 years old.

"With Sporting I lived many moments of happiness. I can say that I grew up with the club. At 27 years old, and after so many years of loyalty, I think that no one will criticise me for wanting to embrace this challenge."

However, the 18-time Primeira Liga winners have made it painfully clear where they see Silva's future.

The club's statement read: "In light of news articles published throughout the day in relation to the player Adrien Silva, Sporting SAD notes the following:

1. The player renewed his contract in February 2016 in a deal involving significant sums of money, making it absolutely clear that the extension to his contract would mean that Adrien Silva would stay at the Club until the end of his career. This was expressly stated by the president of Sporting CP, the player's father and representatives before agreeing the contract.

2. Additionally, Adrien Silva gave an interview on the 23rd of May in which he clearly said that he would not leave Sporting without winning the league.

3. Never during recent months has anything been said to the president or has any proposal been made for the transfer of Adrien Silva and the president has not met with the player's father or representatives for that purpose. In this light, if somebody is tricking the player then it is his representatives and not Sporting CP.

4. Adrien Silva is a contracted professional player who knows how to respect the club as a person and an athlete. All Sporting fans see him as an example to follow.

5. Sporting CP and its president will always defend the interests of the club and will also defend the club's assets.

6. It is understandable at this stage that agents or representatives of athletes are a destabilising influence on players. This however will not affect how the club or its fans treats players."