Hulk set on Porto stay
Hulk has reiterated his intention to remain at Porto despite speculation linking him with Chelsea.
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 11/07/11 12:00pm
Striking ace Hulk has reiterated his intention to remain at Porto despite speculation linking him with Chelsea.
The appointment of former Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas as manager at Stamford Bridge has fuelled speculation that the Brazil international could join the Blues this summer.
Last week the 24-year-old hinted at a possible switch, identifying the big-spending Premier League club as the suitors most likely to meet the staggering €100million (£89.5m) release clause in his contract.
But Hulk, who only signed a five-year extension on his deal with treble-winning Porto in May, has now played down talk of a Blues move by again stressing his desire to remain at the Estadio do Dragao.
"I am very happy in Porto in terms of the sport situation and the love of the fans," he said after scoring a hat-trick in Porto's 10-1 friendly defeat of FC Gutersloh.
"I insist that the option to leave has not entered my head, and (I intend) to carry on at Porto and win more titles next season."
AC Milan and Manchester City are also thought to be interested in the striker, but directors at Porto have claimed they are yet to receive any offers for the Brazilian.