Simao plays down exit talk
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Simao Sabrosa has played down talk of an imminent move away from Benfica.Simao Sabrosa has played down talk that has suggested he has played his last game for Benfica.
The talented 26-year-old was a strong target for Liverpool in the summer but the European champions failed to concur on a fee with their Portuguese counterparts.
A figure in the region of £10.2 million has been mooted to have been rejected by Benfica, but it has been suggested that the player could attract further bids in the winter transfer window.
Manchester United have also reportedly entered the race to land the wide man but for the moment, Simao is not getting carried away with any such suggestion.
Simao played at the weekend against Pacos, in a 2-0 win, but whether this was his last game in his homeland remains very much a matter of speculation rather than fact.
''Is this my last game with Benfica? I don't see why,'' said Simao.
''I am a professional and I have a contract until June 2010. Everyone is aware of the situation but it's Benfica that have to decide.
''For the time being there is nothing. ''