Moyes denies targeting Thiago

Manchester United boss David Moyes has denied Thiago Alcantara was a priority for the Red Devils this summer.

The Barcelona midfielder was the subject of claims he was about to join the Old Trafford outfit for €18m after he failed to play the required number of minutes last term to up his release clause to €90m.

However, the 22-year-old now looks set to join former Barca boss Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, prompting Moyes to insist that he was never a priority for the Premier League champions in the first place.

“I’ve never said he was one of our targets,” he told reporters in Bangkok where United kicked off their pre-season preparations this week with a friendly against Singha All Stars.

“We are following several players closely at the moment and are happy with the way things are going.”

Asked if Wayne Rooney would still be with the club next season following recent speculation he wants to leave, Moyes was adamant the England international was going nowhere.

“People have every right to talk about the great players but I’ll say it again. Wayne Rooney is a Manchester United player and will continue to be so,” he declared.

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