'No contract talks' between Bundesliga club and rumoured Manchester United target

Ricardo Rodriguez

The agent of Wolfsburg defender Ricardo Rodriguez has admitted that there are no contract talks between his client and the Bundesliga club.

Manchester United spent heavily this summer in a bid to improve on last season's seventh place finish, with new manager Louis van Gaal splashing out £150m on the likes of Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao in the summer transfer window.

Whilst Rojo, Shaw and Blind can all play at left back, van Gaal was linked with another player who can play there - Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez.

The 22-year-old joined the Bundesliga outfit from FC Zurich in 2012 for £7.5m, and has gone on to establish himself as one of the top young left backs in the world after making 90 appearances for Wolfsburg, where he has scored 11 goals - an impressive tally from left back.

Rodriguez did his reputation no harm with a strong World Cup campaign, where his excellent crossing and deliveries from the left hand side led to a number of goals for Switzerland strikers, and the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham had been linked with big money moves to bring him to the Premier League.

Yet despite signing Shaw, van Gaal had been linked with a swoop to sign Rodriguez in July, and a £25m fee has been suggested with Bayern Munich also believed to be entering the race for his signature. In a bid to keep him at the club, sporting director Klaus Allofs said that they were entering contract negotiations - but United have been handed a boost if they intend to pursue his signature again after the player's agent said there have been no talks.

"At the moment we are talking to no-one, because Rici has a contract until 2016," said Roger Wittmann.

Wittmann's revelation is a blow to Wolfsburg's hopes of fending off interest in their star man, with bigger clubs circling ahead of the January transfer window.

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