Silvestre hits back at exit claims
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mikael Silvestre has denied press reports that he is set to leave Manchester United.
Mikael Silvestre has denied press reports suggesting he is set to leave Manchester United and sign for French champions Lyon.
The future of the French international has been the subject of considerable speculation after a season of personal and collective under-achievement at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson's determination to pep up an ailing defence has led the Scot to tie up January transfer window moves for Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic.
But Silvestre insists the duo's arrival will not coincide with his departure and has even sounded out the possibility of extending his United contract beyond the remaining 18 months of his existing deal.
"I don't care about what is written," Silvestre emphasised to L'Equipe. "I almost play every match so I imagine Alex Ferguson is satisfied. Anyway if he wasn't, he wouldn't have waited to let me know.
"I will not leave Manchester. I still have a year-and-a-half remaining on my contract and I am not on the list of departures.
"I don't know where the Lyon rumour has come from but I know that Ferguson's willing to keep me - he has no need to tell me that.
"My future is still at Manchester and it's where I aim to stay.
"We will see at the end of the season if the club thinks the same. It is true that there are four players for two positions now. There will be competition, but I am not worried."
Lyon, who have also been linked with a move for Chelsea's Glen Johnson, have refused to confirm or deny the validity of speculation linking them with a move for Silvestre either in January or at the end of the season.