AC Milan defender Cristian Zapata has dismissed speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United and insisted that his only intention is to stay with Milan.
The 27-year-old has been watched by Phil Neville and United’s scouts on more than one occasion this season according to reports, as David Moyes looks to buy a centre back ahead of the predicted retirement of Rio Ferdinand.
Zapata, a powerful and pacey defender, was in action last night and got on the score sheet with a diving header in a thrilling game as Milan drew against table topping 2-2.
As well as a goalscoring threat, the Colombian would bring some real power and pace to United’s defence but speaking to Mediaset after the game against Roma, he brushed off any speculation that he could move to Old Trafford.
“No, I do not know anything [about Manchester United interest]. I just think about Milan,” he said.
“I have a contract until 2016 and I want to stay here.”
Against Roma, he also showcased the lightning pace which he has that most defenders do not with a brilliant recovery tackle akin to one that Phil Jones might do.
With Ferdinand soon to be retired and Nemanja Vidic getting no younger, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Moyes sign a new central defender despite having Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling at the club – but by the sounds of it, Zapata is not interested in becoming that player.