Sporting Lisbon chief Bruno de Carvalho has insisted William Carvalho is currently happy in Portugal and does not want to leave in the summer.
However, de Carvalho believes the highly rated midfielder is more likely to sign a new deal at the club than join another club.
“We are calm although every day there are stories in the papers appearing about the sale of our player,” Sporting’s chief said.
“Sporting is not a club exclusively just for the sale of players. If a club pays 45m euro then it is not necessary to speak, but I think William does not want to leave Sporting.
“At the moment it is more likely that he will sign a new deal. Personally, I say that the kid is content at Sporting.”
Sporting have traditionally had to sell every summer in order to maintain the club debt and that is how Carvalho was able to burst onto the scene. However, the club made a profit this year and are financially more secure which is where de Carvalho’s confidence is coming from.
Despite that, Carvalho has a release clause of €45 million and although it is unlikely that Manchester United or another club would pay that much for a 21-year-old who has only had one season of senior football, Sporting could be powerless if a club wanted to avoid the negotiation stage.
In reality, Carvalho will obviously want to move to a big club to further his career. Whether that is this summer remains to be seen.