United hopes of van Wolfswinkel deal dashed for now

Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has vowed to stay in Portugal for at least two more years, despite the interest from Manchester United, talkSPORT reports.

United assistant manager Mike Phelan recently claimed that the striker was a club transfer target and van Wolfswinkel is seen as a potential replacement for Dimitar Berbatov, who could leave the club in January after falling out of favour.

The Dutch forward has alerted Reds Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson following an impressive start to the season, scoring five goals in seven league games. The 22-year-old moved to Sporting in the summer from Utrecht on a five year deal, but relations between United and Sporting are good following the deals of Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani.

Van Wolfswinkel said: “I will stay in Portugal for at least two years. I came here to win trophies and I believe I can do that here. I will not leave. I signed a five year contract and I am happy at Sporting. There is no reason to leave – the fans are fantastic and I am having a great time.

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