Benat the 'Xavi understudy' gives Manchester United news which will make them re-consider

Manchester United target Benat is giving mixed signals to suitors over his plans for next season.

When La Liga's surprise package Real Betis demolished Malaga last weekend it was in large part down to the man pulling the strings in midfield, Spanish international Benat.

The 24-year-old produced two assists in a 3-0 win, a stunning performance by player and club.

It was one of many this season, he hit the winner over Real Madrid in the Autumn, and has landed on the radar of Manchester United.

Italy's Corriele dello Sport reported in January that Benat is and has been being watched by Sir Alex Ferguson and his team of scouts as a replacement for the expected-to-retire Paul Scholes.

Now fresh reports have come out of Spain over the past 24 hours with the player making signals as to his future plans.

AS report that Benat has decided he will leave Real Betis this summer, with the club's finances dictating they need to cash in, with his present contract expiring in 2014.

Benat has made inroads into the Spain national team over the past 12 months and has been dubbed 'Xavi's understudy' in his homeland, and sees a move to a bigger club as a way to enhance these prospects.

Betis will demand his release clause of £16 million is met, which should constitute fair value for such a talented playmaker.

The bad news for Manchester United and any other English suitors?

Benat believes his future lies in his homeland, with AS reporting: "According to sources close to the international Beñat wants above all to continue in Spain."

This will come as a major blow to any plans Manchester United have to tempt him on board, with both Atletico Madrid and Valencia said to be most likely to bid for his services.

United do have David de Gea on board and may hope at any international gatherings he can put in a good word about moving abroad, but beyond that it could be very difficult to change Benat's mind.

If the player's decision to stay in his homeland is true, then United will have to re-consider and scratch him from their list of potential midfield signings and look at alternatives.

United fans would you be disappointed if Benat stays in Spain? Would he be a good signing?

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