Lindelof dispels new United rumours

Benfica defender Victor Lindelof has refuted new claims that Manchester United are closing in on his signature, insisting he remains committed to the Portuguese champions.

The Sweden international was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in January as United boss Jose Mourinho sought cover for Eric Bailly, although a transfer failed to materialise.

Lindelof went on to form part of an Eagles defence that conceded just 18 goals as Rui Vitoria's side retained the Primeira Liga title, leading to speculation that Mourinho had rekindled his interest in the versatile 22-year-old, who can play at right-back or in central defence.

But the Vasteras youth product believes it will be better for his career if he stayed in Lisbon, where he is under contract until 2020.

Asked about the rumours of him leaving Estadio da Luz, Lindelof told Aftonbladet: "I'm not – I have a contract, so I'll be back.

"I'm not saying anything about that [interest from United]. I say what I always say – I have a contract with Benfica, and that's what I'm focused on.

"I just try to focus on what's important for me. I know a lot of things get written, but I don't think it's right for me to read it all the time. It wouldn't suit me to read rumours.

"My thoughts are with the national team. After that I'm going on holiday, so we'll see. But I have a contract, and that's where my thoughts lie. That's my answer."

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