Manchester United midfielder Anderson has denied reports that he has tried to leave Old Trafford on a number of occasions in recent years, saying that almost any move away from the Premier League leaders would be a step down and insisting on his happiness at the club, according to the
The newspaper adds that quotes purporting to be from Anderson surfaced last week, in which the Brazilian was alleged to have revealed he tried to leave United more than once in recent years. Anderson was said to be seeking a transfer to help him solidify his place in the Brazil squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup, to be held in the South American country.
Anderson however rubbished the speculation and distanced himself from the comments, insisting that he is happy at United, that there would be few places to go to win the kind of silverware he has in the last few years and that if he was unhappy at the club, he would speak first to Sir Alex Ferguson, rather than the press.
“It’s not true,” Anderson said. “Everyone knows I’m happy at the club. I’ve had a lot of injuries but I’ve never let the smile go from my face. I try to help the team all the time. When I want to leave I will have to talk to the boss first. I don’t have any issues.”
He continued: “The only places you could go to from here are Real Madrid and Barcelona. You can’t have another choice. The level at Manchester United is so big.
“You come here and you are definitely going to win titles. I have won the Premier League three times. I have won the Champions League once and lost two finals. I have always been there.”
Anderson has been at United since 2007, moving from Porto for £17m. In that time he has made more than 160 appearances, scoring nine goals, but has been hampered by injuries, playing only 16 times last season.
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